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downshift

verb down·shift \-ˌshift\

: to put the engine of a vehicle into a lower gear

: to begin to work or happen at a level that is slower, easier, or more relaxed

Full Definition of DOWNSHIFT

intransitive verb
1
:  to shift an automotive vehicle into a lower gear
2
:  to move or shift to a lower level (as of speed, activity, or intensity)
downshift noun

Examples of DOWNSHIFT

  1. You can downshift to slow the car down.

First Known Use of DOWNSHIFT

1955

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