The word "leather" has not only made it in our dictionaries... it invaded our language!

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"Leather-lunged"? "Hell for leather"?

Leather has played such a significant role for humans and their daily lives for such a long time, that it has even managed to invade our language. We’ve found a few idioms containing leather that we want to share with you. Ready? Here we go!

"Leather-lunged"

Having an extremely or inordinately loud or strong voice, as of someone with very robust lungs

Example
Despite being only 6 years old, the leather-lunged girl managed to fill the entire room with her amazingly strong voice.

"as ever trod shoe-leather"

As ever walked the earth; as ever lived

Example
Freddy Mercury was as talented a singer as ever trod shoe-leather.

"go hell for leather" or "hell for leather"

To move, act or do something very quickly or as quickly as possible

Example
I went hell for leather to get home after work but I still missed dinner.

"(as) tough as shoe leather"

1st meaning: To be physically strong and/or rarely sick or injured; to be very tough

Example
John has won the Iron Man three times in a row – he’s as tough as shoe leather.

2nd meaning: To have a tough, leathery skin (as of meat).

Example
This meat is as tough as shoe leather – I can’t even cut it.

"(as) tough as leather"

Having great strength of body, mind, or will; not susceptible to sickness or injury

Example
Jenny is as tough as leather – she raised three kids on her own and founded her own company on top of that.

"hell-bent for leather"

Very quickly or as quickly as possible. The “leather” in the phrase is thought to refer to a horse’s saddle or whip.

Example
When her ex-boyfriend walked into the party, Patty went hell-bent for leather to get out of there.

Informal use: moving or behaving recklessly; riding a horse fast and recklessly.

Example
The thief drove away hell-bent for leather to escape the police.

Source: https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/leather

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