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change gear

1. Literally, to switch a car, bicycle, or other similar 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 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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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.
The tiptronic gearbox allows drivers to manually change gear without the delay of operating a clutch.
I think I know better than any machine or computer when to change gear, thank you very much" - that sort of thing.
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.
It is designed to benefit high mileage drivers such as short-haul couriers, who can change gear over 1,000 times a day in stop-start traffic and congested city centres.
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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.
Use your gears wisely, change gear every 2000 revs or drive in the highest gear you can, without labouring the engine.
The Vanquish will use state-of-the-art finger-tip controlled Formula 1 style paddles to change gear.
The Sport version comes with sports ABS, traction control and Gearshift Assist, which is what bikers know as a quickshifter - you can change gear without closing the throttle or pulling in the clutch.
You've got to change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror .
If you fancy even more interaction you can change gear racing-driver-style using the paddles behind the steering wheel.