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.
Recent Examples on the Web Discovery of a highly concerning new COVID-19 variant that is soon expected to be detected in the United States shifted Southeast Portland resident Peter Cornell into high gear. oregonlive, 1 Dec. 2021 Sean McDonnell reports trends have been moving this way for 10 to 15 years; then the pandemic kicked it into high gear. Mike Rose, cleveland, 30 Nov. 2021 Oklahoma State’s defense has kicked it into high gear the past four weeks, allowing just 23 points and one defensive touchdown. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 27 Nov. 2021 The holiday shopping season shifts into high gear this week, but Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday sales aren’t likely to have quite the sizzle as in years past. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 25 Nov. 2021 During the pandemic, Hardy came up with Too Many Cooks initiative and paired it along with his standing One Chef Can 86 Hunger initiative shifting into high gear to feed those in need. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2021 The company said Monday that its accounts will be deactivated on Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving, when most other brands and retailers kick their social media activity into high gear to win over holiday gift shoppers. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Diplomacy in Berlin, Moscow and Washington went into high gear. New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Work on the Pilot kicked into high gear over the summer, Ruben said, following Apple’s introduction of iPadOS 15 at WWDC. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021

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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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4 Dec 2021

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“High gear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20gear. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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