bent on (doing something)

bent on (doing something)

Very determined to do something, perhaps aggravatingly so. She's bent on coming here for the weekend, so we better clean the guest room. I'm bent on getting an A on this exam, so I've been studying all week.
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bent on doing something

Fig. determined to do something. I believe you are bent on destroying the entire country. I am bent on saving the planet.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bent on

Also, bent upon. Determined, resolved, as in Jamie is bent on winning the math prize. This phrase, first recorded in 1762, always uses the past participle of the verb bend in the sense of "tend toward."
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ˈbent on something/on doing something

(informal) be determined to do or have something: I advised her against it, but she was bent on taking part in the marathon.
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