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Slang definitions & phrases for like a bat out of hell

like a bat out of hell

adverb phrase

Very rapidly; lickety-split: They split like a bat out of hell (1921+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with like a bat out of hell

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
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