high gear

noun

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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With the holidays officially kicked into high gear, getting ready for a festive night out affords one the opportunity to have some unabashed fun while primping. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Pulls Off the Easiest (and Prettiest!) Holiday Hair Trick Yet," 21 Dec. 2018 But the starting pitchers have kicked it into a higher gear, and don’t forget, without Zach Davies, the 17-game winner from a year ago who has been out with an ailing shoulder. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: The bullpen gets the love, but look who else has stood out for the Crew," 13 June 2018 Trailing Oregon star middle distance runner Raevyn Rogers only slightly starting the anchor lap, Ellis kicked into a high gear early. J. Brady Mccollough, latimes.com, "Inside the USC women's track team's relay miracle at the NCAA championship," 12 June 2018 Six months seems like a long time, but the May primaries will kick things into a higher gear. John King & Ben Geldon, CNN, "Six months out, what GOP insiders expect in November," 29 Apr. 2018 But the last thing those legs needed was to be unnecessarily forced into a higher gear. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Feeling at ease, Moore triumphant in return to the Trop | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Apr. 2018 But this new investment kicks CIC into a higher gear. BostonGlobe.com, "Ford recalls almost 1.4M cars; steering wheel can come loose," 15 Mar. 2018 The arrival of the mentally disabled Raffi (veteran Labyrinth member David Deblinger) then kicks the show into a higher gear for the finale: Mr. Deblinger’s outsize performance seems to electrify the rest of the cast. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Divine Horsemen,’ a Checklist of Tough-Guy Tropes," 18 Jan. 2018 To combat this, various organizations — including the US Food and Drug Administration — are kicking their anti-vaping campaigns into high gear. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Teens are turning away from cigarettes and alcohol and toward vaping," 17 Dec. 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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