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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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A CVT transmission is also available on petrol engine SZ5 models which changes gear automatically or via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shift buttons.
A CVT transmission is also available on the petrol engine SZ5 models which changes gear automatically or via steering wheel mounted paddle shift buttons.
It sounds complicated but the end result is a system which automatically changes gear faster than anyone could manually.
When left in automatic, however, this double clutch system changes gear 60 per cent quicker than a conventional automatic gearbox and at the same time boosts economy.
This changes gear 20% faster than the previous generation SMG transmissions.
If a driver presses the start button and changes gear at the same time, when the motorcycle's side stand is open, the engine may not stop even if the main switch is deactivated, the company said.
When left in automatic, however, this doubleclutch system changes gear 60 per cent quicker than a conventional automatic gearbox and boosts economy.
The six-speed, Formula-One style transmission is operated by an electro- hydraulic gearshift that operates with a flick of the paddle shifter on the steering column - the system changes gear in approximately 250 milliseconds, in other words in the blink of an eye.
It changes gears in fractionsof a second with no interruption in the flow of power but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.
Generally, an automatic gearbox means less work, because the transmission changes gears for the customer, but there are other factors that might influence their choice.
On March 12, KFS announced key management changes geared at reviving the organisation and ensuring stricter conservation of forests.
All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which changes gears in 200 milliseconds, four times faster than the average resting human heartbeat.
Though the band''s cassette debut How To Be Ever Happy was a more tightly wound instrument, here Fredrik Eckhoff changes gears, using his vocals as an instrumentg.
"Green issues are at the top of the political agenda and it is expected that all future town planning development will incorporate changes geared toward helping the environment," said director Robin King.