Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

hell for leather

hell for leather
Meaning(s)
1) do something as fast as possible
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    • go hell for leather to get something done in time
  • Analysis
    The idiom to go 'hell for leather' means to go out quickly or as fast as possible. To go 'hell for leather' can also mean to give something you're all or to go all in or to do something to the best of your ability with all of your resources. If you go 'hell for leather' or as quickly as possible it can also mean that you are in danger of being careless or reckless. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. James was running late to meet his friend, so when he jumped in his car, he really went hell for leather to make it there on time.
    2. When John overtook me in the race I picked up the pace and went hell for leather in an attempt to win.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Take your time with the task, there's no need to go hell for leather. The deadline isn't for another month.
    2. The staff have been going hell for leather all week to get the order completed in time.
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