hell-bent for leather

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hell-bent for leather

Very quickly or as quickly as possible. The "leather" in the phrase is thought to refer to a horse's saddle or whip. When her ex-boyfriend walked into the party, Patty went hell-bent for leather to get out of there.
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hell-bent for leather

Inf. moving or behaving recklessly; riding a horse fast and recklessly. They took off after the horse thief, riding hell-bent for leather. Here comes the boss. She's not just angry; she's hell-bent for leather.
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hell-bent for leather

Moving recklessly fast, as in Out the door she went, hell-bent for leather. The use of hell-bent in the sense of "recklessly determined" dates from the first half of the 1800s. Leather alludes to a horse's saddle and to riding on horseback; this colloquial expression may be an American version of the earlier British army jargon hell for leather, first recorded in 1889.
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hell-bent for leather

Moving rapidly and with determination. “Hell” in this case strengthens the word “bent,” which means a direct route (although it sounds as though it should mean the opposite). “Leather” refers either to a saddle or to a whip used to urge a horse to move faster, or perhaps items. “Hell for leather” meaning “all deliberate haste” was a popular phrase in itself. Among a number of variants is “hell-bent for election,” said to have originated with the 1840 Maine gubernatorial race and appearing in an 1899 Stephen Crane story: “One puncher racin' his cow-pony hell-bent-for-election down Main Street.” Others are “hell-bent for breakfast,” “for Sunday,” and “for Georgia.”
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The build, which takes up the first half in its entirety, is dedicated to this mystery and setting up of the stage, wherein Ronny would go hell bent for leather on.
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With a rich back catalogue to plunder, Judas Priest ensured that pretty much every album was covered, delivering gold-plated classics such as the thunderous Victim of Changes and Hell Bent For Leather, delivered with Halford straddling a Harley Davidson motorbike, to the hits Breaking The Law and You've Got Another Thing Coming.
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Halford's over-the-top entrance on a Harley Davidson for an encore of Hell Bent For Leather was a high point, as was closer You've Got Another Thing Coming.
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Downing, plowed through a three-pronged encore of "Hell Bent for Leather" (with Halford returning on a motorcycle for its duration), "Living After" Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" that left fans delirious.
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Traditional encore Hell Bent For Leather (yes, really) saw the lead singer ride on stage astride a Harley Davidson, to the crowd's delight.
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