hell-for-leather love



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

  • adv. Informal At breakneck speed: "The journey back he made along the coast road, traveling hell-for-leather” ( Idival Jones).

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  • adv. as fast as possible; recklessly fast

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

  • adv. at breakneck speed


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  • You can't, of course, discuss Lady Gaga without some mention of Madonna, whose blond ambition now seems positively classy next to Gaga's hell-for-leather brazenness.

    Beyoncé, Gaga and Adele: why these three girls rule the world (of pop)

  • Gambino's stylistic debt to that other middle-class rapper, Kanye West, seems a little smaller tonight than on record, even when he uses West's "All of the Lights" as a springboard for one of his own hell-for-leather verses.

    Childish Gambino; Zulu Winter – review

  • For all his hell-for-leather cowboy zeal, Stilwell was a Yankee and an intellectual, who had first gone to China as a young military attaché and had learned both Mandarin and Cantonese.

    A Covert Affair

  • The central conflict of the Obama Presidency has been between the jobs and growth crisis he inherited and the President's hell-for-leather pursuit of his larger social-policy ambitions.

    The Anti-Jobs President

  • In 1949 he put together a quintet with an offbeat instrumentation — piano, vibraphone, guitar, bass and drums — that played everything from pretty-pretty ballads to such hell-for-leather bebop anthems as Denzil Best's "Move."

    Both Good and Popular

  • We've all heard that stuff, but the hell-for-leather turf war going on under those apple trees was something else.

    The Mondays: Sometimes the Muse Is In the Bushes

  • That said, Brown can only lose swing voters once so will now go hell-for-leather to shore up the core vote - what's left of it.

    Ooo I`m Scared

  • I prepare to unleash a hell-for-leather fury in the name of all that is good and right, all that is Sisqó.


  • Bishop Staples retakes the pulpit and whips the crowd into a frenzy with a hell-for-leather sing-songy sermon that is half T. D. Jakes, half Otis Redding.


  • Mr. MATT WOLF (Critic, International Herald Tribune): You often hear people saying, if they have a London hit, theyll often say, gosh, I wish that had been a Broadway hit, because that rare time out in New York, when you absolutely go hell-for-leather with a production and it pays back, you can make proper money.

    A West End Test For The Broadway-Bound


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  • Looks like some colourful insinuation about hell, and leather, IMHO.

    March 3, 2015

  • fun variant: hell-bent for leather, which shows up on Wiktionary (but not reflected on its own word page here)

    March 12, 2014

  • With lips we initiate pleasure

    Then race on to regions more nether.

    The trip from a kiss

    To sensual bliss

    Is downhill and hell-for-leather.

    March 12, 2014

  • A very aggressive lobbyist organization.

    October 10, 2008