like a bat out of hell

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of like a bat out of hell

informal
: very quickly
  • Scared, he ran out of the house like a bat out of hell.

Word by Word Definitions

bat play
  1. : a stout solid stick : club

  2. : a sharp blow : stroke

  3. : a usually wooden implement used for hitting the ball in various games

  1. : to strike or hit with or as if with a bat

  2. : to advance (a base runner) by batting

  3. : to have a batting average of

  1. : any of a widely distributed order (Chiroptera) of nocturnal usually frugivorous or insectivorous flying mammals that have wings formed from four elongated digits of the forelimb covered by a cutaneous membrane and that have adequate visual capabilities but often rely on echolocation

  1. : to wink especially in surprise or emotion

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

hell play
  1. : a nether world in which the dead continue to exist : hades

  2. : the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment

  3. : error, sin


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