change/shift/switch gears

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of change/shift/switch gears

US
: 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

change play
  1. : to make different in some particular : alter

  2. : to make radically different : transform

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

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

  2. : alteration

  3. : transformation

shift play
  1. : to exchange for or replace by another : change

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

  3. : to make a change in (place)

  1. : a means or device for effecting an end

  2. : a deceitful or underhand scheme : dodge

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

switch play
  1. : a slender flexible whip, rod, or twig

  2. : an act of switching: such as

  3. : a blow with a switch

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

  2. : whisk, lash

  3. : to turn from one railroad track to another : shunt

gear play gears
  1. : clothing, garments

  2. : movable property : goods

  3. : equipment, paraphernalia

  1. : to provide (machinery) with gearing (see gearing 2)

  2. : to connect by gearing (see gearing 1)

  3. : to make ready for effective operation


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