(to be) hell bent

Idiom Definition

"to be hell bent"

to be absolutely determined to do something

Idiom Definition - to be hell bent


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be hell bent

Two friends are talking about a mutual friend ...

Friend 1:  What's Jack been doing lately?  I haven't seen him around much.

Friend 2:  He has become determined to learn to mountain climb.

Friend 1:  Really?

Friend 2:  Yes.  He's been taking lessons three times a week and practices every weekend.

Friend 1:  Sounds like he's hell bent on learning to climb a mountain.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be hell bent

Two coworkers are talking ...

Coworker 1:  What's with the new boss?  She seems like she is determined that everyone should follow company policy exactly.

Coworker 2:  She has been calling everyone into her office and pointing out all the policy errors everyone has been making.

Coworker 1:  She called me in twice.

Coworker 2:  Alex has been in her office three times.

Coworker 1:  I guess the new boss is hell bent on enforcing company policy.

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to be hell bent - Gerund Form:

Being hell bent on finishing a project on time means you work as long as it takes to finish the project.

to be hell bent - Examples:

1)  Amazing how he continues to give a platform for the people hell bent on destroying what is left of our country.

2)  You profess to be such God loving and fearing people but you are " hell bent " on making the beauty look like a total wasteland.

3)  The ONLY conclusion I can come to is that he is hell bent on forcing his views down our throats.

4)  No President can get policies out to the nation when half of Congress is hell bent on obstructing him.

5)  I am not so sure why he is so hell bent on continuing this other than for ego.

6)  They seemed hell bent on turning the most minor of things into nonsensical issues.

7)  But I do believe that they are hell bent on using the legal system to squash competition.

8)  I refuse to give my assent to a government that is hell bent on making us a people under socialism.

9)  Thomson's asking for a discussion which you seem hell bent on shutting down.

10)  Dressed up or not, everyone seemed hell bent on having a good time.

11)  Obviously, you never had teen-age girls who are hell bent to be with a boy.

12)  We are just hell bent on finding another way.

13)  A real state of emergency and Congress remains hell bent on taking food out of the mouths of the least among us.

14)  I have never seen so many people hell bent on pushing a socialist agenda.

15)  I call him a barracuda because he seems hell bent on nailing the banks for their criminal behavior.

16)  Ever corporate interest is hell bent on bleeding us dry.

17)  How do we entice new people to join us when we seem hell bent on throwing people out.

18)  I don't even know what can be done anymore if Republicans seem hell bent on dividing and destroying the actual foundation of America.

19)  Oh, but time and time again, some of us become hell bent on being heard on on-line postings.

20)  The last two Popes, in particular, have been hell bent on turning their backs on the very people they are meant to serve.