in high gear

in high gear

1. Literally, of a vehicle, operating at a high or the highest gear. The car started to stall going up the hill, and I realized that it was still in high gear.
2. By extension, operating at the highest, fastest, or most efficient level. We've expanded our development team and are in high gear working on our next project. Construction is in high gear all around the city as it prepares for the upcoming Olympics.
See also: gear, high

*in high gear

 
1. [of a machine, such as a car] set in its highest gear, giving the greatest speed. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~; move [into] ~.) When my car is in highgear, it goes very fast. You can't start out in high gear. You must work up through the low ones.
2. Go to in full swing.
See also: gear, high
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As the clock on the wall ticked toward the end of the shift, the repair shop was in high gear assembling several molds that had been pulled for scheduled maintenance.
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