move through the gears

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move through the gears

To steadily increase one's momentum, as of speed, intensity, progress, or success. Likened to increasing the speed of a geared vehicle, such as a bicycle or car. The home team has been training for weeks for this showdown, but they've barely had to move through the gears against such a poor performance by their opponents. With a lot of hard work and perseverance, our little business is finally starting to move through the gears!
See also: gear, move, through