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change/shift/switch gears

Definition of change/shift/switch gears

US

  1. :  to move from one level or area of activity to another <He once again changed gears in his career.> <She's decided to shift gears, quit her job, and go back to school.>



Word by Word Definitions

changeplay
  1. :  to make different in some particular :  alter

    :  to make radically different :  transform

    :  to give a different position, course, or direction to

  1. :  the act, process, or result of changing: as

    :  alteration

    :  transformation

shiftplay
  1. :  to exchange for or replace by another :  change

    :  to change the place, position, or direction of :  move

    :  to make a change in (place)

  1. :  a means or device for effecting an end

    :  a deceitful or underhand scheme :  dodge

    :  an effort or expedient exerted or tried in difficult circumstances :  extremity

switchplay
  1. :  a slender flexible whip, rod, or twig

    :  an act of switching: as

    :  a blow with a switch

  1. :  to strike or beat with or as if with a switch

    :  whisk, lash

    :  to turn from one railroad track to another :  shunt

gearplay gears
  1. :  clothing, garments

    :  movable property :  goods

    :  equipment, paraphernalia

  1. :  to provide (as machinery) with gearing

    :  to connect by gearing

    :  to make ready for effective operation


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