Definition of like a bat out of hell in English:

like a bat out of hell

phrase

informal
  • Very fast and wildly.

    ‘he was driving like a bat out of hell’
    ‘like a bat out of hell he flung himself at the man’
    • ‘The car flew out of the tenth row like a bat out of hell.’
    • ‘Had that been Kina who'd sped past him like a bat out of hell?’
    • ‘Scrambling out of bed and heading for the door, distantly noticing that I still wore the same dark outfit as last night, including my shoes, I took off down the hall like a bat out of hell.’
    • ‘‘I don't think he'll mind if I take his car,’ she said as she tore off into the night like a bat out of hell.’
    • ‘We set him off from Louth and he went like a bat out of hell, breaking speed limits, using the outside lane and he made it with two minutes to spare.’
    • ‘He nodded and was about to turn around when I said his name again, ‘Jonathan, why were you running like a bat out of hell when I arrived?’’
    • ‘On top of that when I called the spa to see if you were there they said that you ran out of there like a bat out of hell and assaulted some guy in a car!’
    • ‘I threw his t-shirt back in his face, got back in my car, and drove home like a bat out of hell, screaming the whole way.’
    • ‘So there I was, for half an hour, going like a bat out of hell on the exercise machine!’
    • ‘Holly grabbed it and bolted out the door like a bat out of hell, she ran down the beach and up the marbled steps to the docks where men were lifting heavy crates of food and other supplies onto the ship.’
    • ‘‘No’ Sean replied as he proceeded to drive like a bat out of hell.’
    • ‘It's pretty great, actually, from a certain perspective. I mean, it starts going like a bat out of hell, and keeps accelerating.’
    • ‘I was thinking about this and frowning at my mutinous hands when Connor suddenly burst into the kitchen, running like a bat out of hell.’
    • ‘Unlike the rest of the week, I leave the studio as soon as the show's finished and I'm in the car and away like a bat out of hell.’
    • ‘‘Well, you took off like a bat out of hell back there,’ he says.’
    • ‘He noticed Ame's eyes lock on him and quickly turned on his heel and ran like a bat out of hell.’
    • ‘And then, just as suddenly, he was dashing down the hallway, away from her and the hospital like a bat out of hell.’
    • ‘The first step is to get down to the Old Port, onto the bike path that runs alongside the Lachine Canal and head west like a bat out of hell - or a meandering tortoise, if you prefer.’
    • ‘I ski like a bat out of hell, and I have recently taken up running in an attempt to cut down on smoking.’
    • ‘They can go like a bat out of hell on their own off-street tracks like regular trains.’
    quickly, fast, swiftly, speedily, at speed, at full speed, at the speed of light, post-haste, hotfoot, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, expeditiously, briskly, promptly
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