hell-bent

See also: hellbent

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From hell (in a manner that uses all of the strength, speed, or effort that a person can summon) +‎ bent (determined, insistent),[1] that is, in the sense “determined like hell”.

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hell-bent (comparative more hell-bent, superlative most hell-bent)

  1. (originally US, informal, transitive with on) Recklessly determined to do or achieve (something).
    Synonym: dead set
    He was hell-bent on coming first, no matter what.

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hell-bent (comparative more hell-bent, superlative most hell-bent)

  1. (originally US, informal) In a recklessly determined manner; determinedly, wholeheartedly.

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  1. ^ hell-bent, adj. and adv.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2020; “hell-bent, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.