- The definition of hell-for-leather is done with all of one's energy, or at full speed.
An example of something done hell-for-leather is a final sprint to win a major marathon.
- Hell-for-leather is defined as done in a very quick way, or in a way that exerts all of one's energy.
An example of hell-for-leather used as an adverb is in the phrase "hell for leather running," which means running at one's highest speed.
hell-for-leather definition by Webster's New World
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- with all of one's energy, will, etc.; with wholehearted or reckless determination
- at full speed or with great speed: a hell-for-leather chase
in a hell-for-leather manner or fashion
hell-for-leather definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adverb & adj. Informal
At breakneck speed: “The journey back he made along the coast road, traveling hell-for-leather” (Idival Jones).