Definition of hell-bent in English:

hell-bent

adjective

  • [predicative] Determined to achieve something at all costs.

    ‘why are you hell-bent on leaving?’
    • ‘He still had his arms swinging, his head looking forward, hell-bent on getting where he were going.’
    • ‘Joyce was hell-bent on poking fun at the powers that be.’
    • ‘The rest of society is hell-bent on spending money in other areas but, at the same time, those earning don't want any increase in their tax to pay for it all.’
    • ‘The Democrats remain hell-bent on convincing the American public that they are unfit to govern.’
    • ‘Many of its practitioners seem hell-bent on building muscle mass at any and all costs.’
    • ‘Just as importantly, these two major powers appear to be hell-bent on usurping an authority which has stood us in good stead for more than half a century.’
    • ‘The council seems to be hell-bent on penalising the citizens of York, who are most affected by the scandalous parking charges imposed in the evening.’
    • ‘Under his leadership the Conservatives would remain obsessed with Europe and hell-bent on tax cuts.’
    • ‘The intruders were hell-bent on taking that which never belonged to them.’
    • ‘A player who was never allowed to scale the heights in his homeland, he is now returning as a crucial component of a team hell-bent on constant improvement.’
    • ‘He expects a busy afternoon against a team hell-bent on making amends for last year's blip in an otherwise tremendous season.’
    • ‘Some people seem hell-bent on misinterpreting you, even people you thought weren't inclined to having jerky knees.’
    • ‘It's pretty much a building site at the moment, but the country is hell-bent on bringing the very best companies out here to make it their Asian base.’
    • ‘There was serious opposition, but it looked like the government was hell-bent on its plan.’
    • ‘Europe meets Asia and antiquity meets a young, throbbing, vibrant city as hell-bent on enjoyment and innovation as any city in the West.’
    • ‘Each side is hell-bent on refuting the other's arguments, rather than examining them dispassionately.’
    • ‘That would be entirely reasonable from their point of view, as we seem hell-bent on importing a culture they do not like and do not trust.’
    • ‘Now it seems the Americans - perhaps with Britain in tow - seem hell-bent on taking care of unfinished business.’
    • ‘He led his team of skilful but unpredictable players to Portugal, hell-bent on adding to his formidable reputation.’
    • ‘Here, she plays an extreme introvert who's hell-bent on revenge.’
    intent, bent, determined, set, dead set, insistent, fixed, resolved, settled
    firm about, single-minded about, inflexible about, obsessive about, fanatical about, fixated on
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Pronunciation:

hell-bent

/helˈbent/