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change gear

1. Literally, to switch a car, bicycle, or other vehicle into a different gear. You need to change gear if you're going get the car up that steep hill.
2. To move or switch from one thing (such as a task or topic) to another, often quickly. Once our proposal gets approved, we can change gear and focus on the next phase of the project.
See also: change, gear

change gear

begin to move or act differently, usually more rapidly.
This expression derives from literally engaging a different gear of a motor vehicle in order to alter its speed. Compare with in gear (with a gear engaged, and so ready for action) and its opposite out of gear . To move up a gear means literally ‘change to a higher gear’; the phrase is often used figuratively to mean ‘put more effort into an activity’.
See also: change, gear
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"Wales has made real progress towards finding a better way of delivering NHS dentistry, but it's time to change gear. The next Welsh Government has a duty to turn the page on a decade of chaos, shortage and compromise that has failed patients and practitioners."
Leave it in automatic mode and it will even change gear for you although it is slow to kick down when you need it to.
Mr Carswell suggested that Mr Farage had taken the party as far as he could and Ukip needed to "change gear".
I think I know better than any machine or computer when to change gear, thank you very much" - that sort of thing.
Change gear at 2000rpm or drive in the highest gear you can without labouring the engine.
It is said to be aimed at drivers who prefer to change gear manually but can not be bothered to operate a clutch pedal.
Launched on September 1 this year but being seen by the UK public for the first time, the 210 bhp 9-3 Aero features traction control, air conditioning and either six-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic 'paddle-shift' transmission, giving drivers the ability to change gear via buttons on the steering wheel.
Change gear for jet-set glam and Monte Carlo magic in the middle of Mayfair.
I wondered at the time how she would manage to change gear?
The tiptronic gearbox allows drivers to manually change gear without the delay of operating a clutch.
But after her meeting with Batman trilogy director Christopher Nolan the beauty was forced to "change gear" and learn how to develop the character herself.
The system also allows you change gear manually via paddles or the gear shift, but frankly it's such a good automatic I rarely did.
But I doubt Clarkson - "Change gear, crash into something, change gear, crash into something" - will apologise to the truckers or mention that the speed cameras on the A77 have halved deaths on the road.
At an inquest yesterday, Mr Cross, 49, said he had struggled to change gear as the vehicle travelled along the LZ67 highway after the family, from Blossom Hill, Erdington, left their hotel in the resort of Playa Blanca for a day trip on August 3 last year.
It's a bit of an acquired drive, too, because there are only three gears, and it's a crash gear box rather than a synchro mesh one - that means you can't change gear smoothly, you have to put it into neutral every time before you change gear.'