get in(to) gear(redirected from get in gear)
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get in(to) gear
To prepare to do something or to start taking action, especially after having delayed doing so. I know you said you would take out the trash, but get into gear and do it already! I really need to get in gear and finish writing this paper—it's due tomorrow!
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get in gear
COMMON If someone or something gets into gear or gets in gear, they start to deal effectively with something or start to operate effectively. Note: The image in the following idioms is of driving a car. The town itself has got into gear with a campaign to improve the environment. The business was just getting in gear when the recession started. Note: Other verbs such as move can be used instead of get. Even as the publicity machine moves into gear, Mbongeni is setting up another project. Note: You can say that you are in gear when you are already dealing with something effectively. After a difficult few months getting used to working again, I'm pretty much in gear now. Note: You can also get someone or something else into gear. Ultimately, he does help her to get her life into gear again.