high gear


Definition of high gear 

2 : a state of intense or maximum activity usually used with into or in a project in high gear

Examples of high gear in a Sentence

She shifted the car into high gear.

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And thus, the urban transportation wars click into a higher gear, as the fight moves to the bike lane. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Lyft’s Big Bike Share Buy Is About Ruling the Streets," 2 July 2018 While planning for Summerfest kicked into high gear, other major Milwaukee events got caught up in the heat of the times. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The first Summerfest, in 1968, had a little bit of everything (yes, including rain)," 26 June 2018 Shiffrin bobbled early in the run, which kept her from switching to a higher gear and really attacking the course. Rick Maese, Houston Chronicle, "Mikaela Shiffrin wins silver in Alpine combined to end 2018 Olympics," 22 Feb. 2018 Outlook: Gier’s Bass Pro reports: summer pattern is in high gear. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 Tarver hopes to tour in support of Kool Aid but is also keeping her acting in high gear. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Katelyn Tarver Takes On 'Labels' In Empowering New Song: Premiere," 15 June 2018 Bucks 0 East Semifinals: Pacers 4, 76ers 0 East Finals: Knicks 4, Pacers 2 Reggie Miller started these playoffs in high gear, averaging 26.3 points per game in a sweep of the Bucks. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "The Pacers have always been great at (almost) great seasons," 5 June 2018 But reaching Trump’s goal of a sustained pace of 3 percent will remain elusive unless consumer spending definitively shifts into a higher gear or companies manage to vastly improve productivity gains that have been disappointingly weak. Scott Lanman, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Claims He’s Making the Economy Great Again. Is He?," 20 Dec. 2017 The protests kicked into high gear later in the day, with people marching across London, banging drums, whooping and shouting slogans. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "London’s ‘Trump Baby’ Balloon Flies as Protests Take Off Across U.K.," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of high gear

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of high gear was in 1889

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