change gear

idiom

British
: to move from one level or area of activity to another
He once again changed gear in his career.

Examples of change gear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main gear selector always defaults to a central position and requires double inputs to change gear. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 Aug. 2023 The performance is similar and although there’s no need to change gear, the car still feels like an analog classic with the edges rounded off, rather than a totally smooth and silent modern EV. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Bentley has also sharpened the responses of the Speed's eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is able to change gear up to 100 percent faster, as the overlap time between the clutches disengaging and engaging has been reduced to zero. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 23 Mar. 2021 But stock-exchange operators still had to change gear for the day of the listing. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 2 July 2020

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“Change gear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/change%20gear. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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