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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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