high gear


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

Example Sentences

She shifted the car into high gear.
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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of high gear was in 1889

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“High gear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20gear. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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