hell for leather

hell for leather

Very quickly or as quickly as possible. When her ex-boyfriend walked into the party, Patty went hell for leather to get out of there.
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hell for leather

mainly BRITISH
1. If you go hell for leather, you move very quickly, and often recklessly. They ran hell for leather to catch up. We bought a map, filled up and drove hell for leather to Lisbon. Note: You can also use hell-for-leather before a noun. There was a hell-for-leather dash to get the train.
2. If you do something hell for leather, you do it very quickly and energetically. Once I decide to write a play, I go for it hell for leather. Note: This expression may originally have related to horse riding. `Leather' would refer to a saddle.
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hell for leather

as fast as possible.
This phrase dates from the late 19th century, and originally referred to riding a horse at reckless speed.
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hell for ˈleather

(old-fashioned, British English, informal) with the greatest possible speed, energy, etc: I saw a man going hell for leather down the street, with two policemen running after him.This is from horse riding. A rider can hit a horse with a strip of leather to make it run faster.
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But Test cricket is a brutal sport, it's a sport where countries go hell for leather against each other "I'm sure when Steve comes in Jofra will be in Joe Root's ear wanting the ball, no doubt about that.
Neither side will want to lose but it's unlikely they will be going hell for leather either.
On the high street, retailers have really run with the trend, but there are a few style notes you need before you go hell for leather.
A newly blonde Selena Gomez, 25, (far left) earned her dollars as the face of fashion label Coach, donning a leather biker dress from the brand, while 20-year-old actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld also went hell for leather in open blazer and bralet combo by Mugler, teamed with slicked back hair.
Kourtney Kardashian Going hell for leather (literally), this Kardashian's red carpet style is short-lived.
The Scot has made the hard courts of Australia his home since he went hell for leather with then world No.2 Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller in 2007.
She's seen here with World Touring Car Championship driver Tom Chilton gong hell for leather doing two laps at Brands Hatch.
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That equaliser stirred things up a bit and once again we had the hell for leather stuff.
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Thanks for your article on India's leather-tanning industry (Hell for leather, June 2009).
He insists a "hell for leather" attitude could spell disaster.