switch gears

switch gears

To quickly or abruptly change what one is doing or discussing. With that out of the way, let's switch gears and discuss our strategy for the third quarter. About halfway into the story, the book switches gears and begins a narrative from the perspective of the antagonist.
See also: gear, switch
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The best way to switch gears is to give your opponents the image that you're unpredictable.
These songs are grubby, fast-paced and unapologetic - songs that shout at the devil and curse apathetic "social zombies" in one fell swoop, then switch gears into blues-driven rockers such as the cathartic "You Can't Be Saved.
VERDICT Trouble At Bay can sometimes race lazily and good ground invariably helps him when he needs to switch gears.
Paddle shifters on the steering wheel can be used to switch gears manually on automatic-equipped cars.
Edney initiated the robbery by pointing a pistol at Newton's head and taking the keys to Newton's SUV, but when Edney reached down "to switch gears with his gun hand," Newton saw his chance.
Strategic buyers should be able to achieve their objectives and not abandon them or switch gears just to get the deal done.
In her article, Melanie notes that when marketers are faced with a declining birth rate, they often switch gears and start marketing their line for the entire family.
It's a chance to switch gears and do something a little different.
According to Anita Favaro of American Contex, the 9,000 hp wound rotor motors, with starters and switch gears, will drive super-sized shredders at the Huge Neu Schnitzer facilities.
BIBR: Is it difficult for you to switch gears from one genre to another?
Am I wrong to switch gears after training for seven years of ballet?
They need to be aggressive now with the short time horizon for retirement, and then switch gears and be more conservative after that," Mauldin says.
These abrupt endings might simply be declarations of volatility--Bock's way of suggesting that he reserves the right to switch gears on us.