like a bat out of hell

like a bat out of hell

Inf. very fast or sudden. (Use caution with hell.) The cat took off like a bat out of hell. The car pulled away from the curb like a bat out of hell.
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like a bat out of hell

Moving extremely fast, as in She ran down the street like a bat out of hell. This expression presumably alludes to the rapid darting movement of bats and, Charles Earle Funk theorized, their avoidance of such light as might be cast by the fires of hell. [c. 1900] For a synonym, see like greased lightning.
See also: bat, hell, like, of, out

like a bat out of hell

INFORMAL
If you go somewhere like a bat out of hell, you go there very quickly. She tore across the highway like a bat out of hell. I nearly ploughed right into her. Note: In this expression, `bat' is used to refer to a small, flying mammal. Bats are often associated with the devil, probably because they usually fly at night.
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like a bat out of hell

very fast and wildly. informal
1995 Patrick McCabe The Dead School Like a bat out of hell that Joe Buck gets on out of the apartment and doesn't stop running till he reaches Times Square.
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like a ˌbat out of ˈhell

(informal) very fast: If there were a fire, I wouldn’t try to save any possessions. I’d be off like a bat out of hell!
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like a bat out of hell

mod. very fast or sudden. (Use caution with hell.) The cat took off like a bat out of hell.
See also: bat, hell, like, of, out