from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Impetuously or recklessly determined to do or achieve something: was hell-bent on winning.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of hellbent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. recklessly determined.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Recklessly determined, without regard to consequences; determined to have or do at all hazards; resolved; “deadset”: as, he went hell-bent after it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. recklessly determined


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  • Why are you so hell-bent on spending time around me?

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  • When Dulles returned, he and Hoover met with a president hell-bent on turning the Middle East crisis into something constructive and permanent.30 Ike had long viewed the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors as the linchpin of any plan for a general reduction of Western-Arab tensions.

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  • Francis Russell, special assistant to the secretary, met in advance with Ambassador Hussein and confirmed to the secretary that Nasser was “hell-bent” to go forward with the project, even though the Soviets had made no “firm offer.”

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  • They are hell-bent and determined to pass anything regardless if it costs a trillion dollars and regardless if it will work or not.

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  • I am sick and tired of people who claim to be patriotic being such fearful sissies, hell-bent on throwing away our freedom for a little false sense of security.

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  • Did they really intend for these rights to be extended to a bunch of uncivilized, weapon-toting, cave-dwelling, barbaric religious fanatics on the other side of the globe who were hell-bent on destroying the very things the constitution was written to protect?

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  • An opposition party hell-bent on scuttling his every efforts regardless.

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  • Our country is drowning in a sea of lost confidence in our public officials who seem hell-bent on bankrupting our entire system.

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  • When his teammates followed suit, it played into another Piston mental trap: In getting the Chicago Bulls hell-bent on standing up to them physically, their basketball execution went right out the window.

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  • “It might not be Cooper,” I insisted again, getting annoyed that Eli seemed hell-bent on the worst-case scenario.

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