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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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But she quickly changed gear to show off her curves in a skimpy blue bikini and gold wraparound.
I'd changed gear passing through a junction, and went into neutral at red lights - instead of staying in first gear as Phil advised.
As I recall, I felt that as I changed gear, I was having some difficulty and the rear nearside left the road.
When asked how he changed gear, Day said he reached across with his right hand while steering with his knee.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS Wee Thinker Across: 7 Donegal 9 All--in 10 Picks 11 Buffalo 12 Lei 13 Cauldron 16 Unlawful 17 Too 19 Counter 21 Cheat 22 Leg it 23 Emotion Down: 1 Adeptly 2 Inaction 3 Ages 4 Daffodil 5 Ella 6 Onion 8 Labour force 13 Chastity 14 On the air 15 Content 18 Scold 20 Urge 21 Coot QUICKIE Across: 1 Driving test 8 Hoe 9 Lob 11 Elastic 12 Drone 13 Rep 14 Tee 15 Elderly 17 Nib 19 Easy 21 Yo--yo 23 Past 25 Beep 27 Eve 29 Topical 31 Sap 34 Lap 36 Olive 37 Ski--lift 38 Net 39 Say 40 Changed gear Down: 1 Dole 2 Reap 3 Vitally 4 Nickel 5 Tidal 6 Slot 7 Tone 8 Heron 10 Beefy 16 Yes 18 Bye 20 Ate 22 Opt 24 Amazing 25 Bison 26 Tissue 28 Empty 30 Ocean 32 Alec 33 Pith 34 Lisa 35 Afar
I ate a crust that was two inches long and I was certainly no more distracted than if I had changed gear or switched radio stations.
I ate a crust that was two inches long and I was no more distracted than if I had changed gear or switched radio stations.
For a potential stayer, he changed gear with startling ease to win a couple of Perth events earlier in the year and then caught the eye with the manner in which he travelled through Cheltenham's Jewson Handicap Hurdle Final in October.
The driver of the tractor pulling the trailer is said to have changed gear as it went up an incline, causing it to jerk.
With a string of hits under her belt with former band Catatonia, the 37-year-old changed gear slightly when she moved to Nashville in 2002.
THE focus in Michael Jackson's child sex trial changed gear today, almost 10 weeks since prosecutors launched their case.
Did you see the way he changed gear like a Ferrari down the back straight to leave high-class Shevchenko and Oaks winner Purley Queen resembling the statues in Trafalgar Square?
Investigator PC Patrick Byrne said Mr Povey pulled a lever which changes direction of the vehicle, but had not changed gear or stopped.
I was so bored that I started to count the number of times I changed gear.