Definition of in (or into) gear in English:

in (or into) gear


  • 1With a gear engaged.

    ‘he revved the engines and put them in gear’
    • ‘The engine restarts automatically when the car is put back in gear.’
    • ‘With second-hand vehicles, you get a car that isn't perfect, because it has been run, parked in supermarkets, started in gear and the seat belt has been jammed in the door several times.’
    • ‘Just put the key in, turn it on, put it in gear and you're off.’
    • ‘Chris quickly threw the Jeep in gear and drove off.’
    • ‘Sighing, he put the automobile in gear and drove off down the street.’
    • ‘But automakers should learn to illuminate them only when in gear, not while idling in park.’
    • ‘It drives like a bus with, if anything, a slightly larger turning circle, and the gearshift is so floppy that it all but collapses the distinction between being in gear and being in neutral.’
    • ‘In a few short moments, he put the car in gear and drove off.’
    • ‘He glanced into the rear-view mirror, put it in gear, and pulled out of his parking space.’
    • ‘Ensure that the vehicle is in gear with hand brake engaged when parked.’
    1. 1.1 Proceeding with energy, determination, or speed.
      ‘I couldn't get myself into gear early enough on Saturday morning’
      • ‘All three candidates who will debate tonight on Brockton cable TV got their campaigns in gear last month.’
      • ‘Walter believes we need coordinated international stimulus along neo-Keynesian lines to shift the world economy back into gear.’
      • ‘With an electric rather than conventional hydraulic transmission, shifting the 7-series into gear is also a bit unusual.’
      • ‘You probably have made a substantial investment in gear, with which you're very familiar.’
      • ‘Current EPA director Lee Thomas has worked hard to get the agency back into gear.’
      • ‘Perhaps a good fresh read will kick my brain into gear.’
      • ‘Florence marked a shift in gear - from building resistance to building an alternative.’
      • ‘Find a degree program to get your education in gear!’
      • ‘Samples of the chip will be available this autumn, with sales efforts getting into gear by next year.’
      • ‘To really get into gear, you need to find your rhythm.’