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hellbent

[hel-bent] /ˈhɛlˌbɛnt/
adjective
1.
stubbornly or recklessly determined.
2.
going at terrific speed.
adverb
3.
in a hellbent manner; with reckless determination; at full speed.
Origin of hellbent
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; hell + bent1
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  • It's just nice to see something around here that's not hell-bent to shoot something else.

    Trading Jeff and his Dog James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Let a man be hell-bent or heaven-bent, somewhere in his track is a woman's feet.

  • Wade, you ain't agoin' to start thet tellin' hell-bent happenin's to come hyar at White Slides?

  • But he was hard-mouthed, and stiff-necked and hell-bent on having his own way about things.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • If we can find out why these people are so hell-bent on suicide we might be able to change the reasons.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for hell-bent

hellbent

/ˌhɛlˈbɛnt/
adjective
1.
(informal) (postpositive) and foll by on. strongly or rashly intent
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Word Origin and History for hell-bent

hellbent

adj.

also hell-bent, 1835, U.S., originally slang, from hell + bent (1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hell-bent

hell-bent

adjective

Strongly determined; recklessly eager: They are hell-bent to cut taxes again before election (1835+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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