high gear


Definition of high gear

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

Examples of high gear in a Sentence

She shifted the car into high gear.
Recent Examples on the Web Things kick into high gear when the beer garden opens at 4 p.m. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Oct. 23-25," 21 Oct. 2020 Your ambitions could swing into high gear and tempt you to burn some bridges in January. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 17, 2020: Cancer, support a loved one; Aquarius, focus on lasting results," 17 Oct. 2020 Now hotspots were spiking in the rural Midwest, as children in many US communities were returning to school, sports were starting back up and political rallies kicked into high gear. Amanda Watts, CNN, "From the pandemic declaration to the fall surge, here's a timeline of Covid-19 in the US," 17 Oct. 2020 Emma Hall, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said the GOP's operations, which have been on the ground for years and shifted into high gear in May 2019, will pay off in the end. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "With voting underway, DNC chair Tom Perez optimistic about Arizona," 15 Oct. 2020 Seven months after the pandemic kicked into high gear in the US, contact tracing still isn’t working to slow the spread of Covid-19. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Can rapid antigen tests fix contact tracing in the US?," 14 Oct. 2020 When Tanisha is arrested, Masha — now reunited with Marcus and his wife, Ange — must shift into high gear to free her friend and aid her cause. Paul Di Filippo, Washington Post, "Cory Doctorow’s ‘Attack Surface’ is a riveting techno-thriller," 13 Oct. 2020 On Monday, Orlando City Council kicked plans for the outdoor venue into high gear by unanimously approving $250,000 in Community Redevelopment Agency money for the project. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Downtown Orlando’s new outdoor theater will host 6-month festival," 29 Sep. 2020 The secretive operation, which began in 2018 and kicked into high gear ahead of the 2020 election, appeared designed to evade the guardrails put in place by Silicon Valley to limit disinformation of the sort used by Russia during the 2016 election. Isaac Stanley-becker, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook bans marketing firm running ‘troll farm’ for pro-Trump youth group," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of high gear

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Oct 2020

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“High gear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20gear. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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