be hell-bent on

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be hell-bent on

To be very determined to do something, perhaps annoyingly so. She's hell-bent on coming here for Thanksgiving, so we better clean the guest room. I'm hell-bent on getting an A on this exam, so I've been studying all week.
See also: on

be ˌhell-ˈbent on something/on doing something

be absolutely determined to do something stupid, dangerous, etc: Have you seen how fast he drives that car? I’d say he was hell-bent on killing himself.
See also: on, something
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The Tories are hell-bent on syphoning as much public money as possible into the coffers of their private sector friends and this is one sorry example of exactly this.
GAZ: GET JOB DUN GARY IRVINE insists Dundee are hell-bent on avoiding a repeat of their Peterhead cup scare as they go head-to-head with minnows Queen's Park tonight.
They are hell-bent on destroying the comfort and wellbeing of the rest of us.
It is, of course, obvious to most political commentators that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are hell-bent on meeting the so-called economic criteria for entry into the single currency zone.
The sheer number of questions reveals that we are hell-bent on holding ministers accountable for the decisions they're making.
The Tories are hell-bent on jumping off the nearest cliff, and that means they will probably choose Iain Duncan Smith.
Two weeks later on June 4 after it was revealed up to 1,000 known hooligans were likely to be travelling to Euro 2000, including 19 who were arrested in the Copenhagen riots, the Sunday Mirror said: "Hooligans are hell-bent on bloodshed.
Bush is willing to confront those in his state and in his party who are hell-bent on barring African Americans and other minorities from state contracting and higher educational opportunities, the reality of One Florida will continue to be one of division, economic inequity and racial inequality.
Pat Buchanan believes homosexuals are hell-bent on Satanism and suicide.
It seems that local councillors, Kevan Jones MR pictured, and the Stanley Steering Group are hell-bent on pushing this at all costs.
The Dubliners want to erase the memory of last weekend's Heineken Cup quarterfinal defeat by Wasps - and are hell-bent on picking up maximum points to bolster their lead in the Magners League title charge.
Meanwhile, we seem to have an open-door policy for terrorists and preachers of hate who are hell-bent on destroying Britain from the inside.
But so long as the pro-cannabis lobby are hell-bent on making this drug as easily obtainable as lager, then I'll be hell-bent on shouting my dissent.