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change down

To change to a lower gear while driving. You'll probably need to change down to first gear to climb this steep hill.
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change down

v.
To switch to a lower gear when driving a motor vehicle: The driver changed down to third gear coming into the turn.
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Plenty has changed down at Swansea of late, and the early signs are that Garry Monk has restored some confidence and belief to their football.
I just tried to stick to my own race and when I changed down my stride pattern I felt really smooth.
"Mark had changed down into a fuel saving mode that cost him a little bit of performance on the straights, which also explains how Sebastian got a very clear run on him."
And having changed down a couple of gears for the bend the auto/sequential box hangs onto that lower gear to allow you to power out of the bend.
First among equals must be Darren Middleton as Fleshcreep, the Giant's leather-clad, pelvic-thrusting major domo, who arrived on stage in fifth gear and never changed down.
Still they are there, greedily making their billions, so nothing has changed down the centuries.