Definition of kick down in English:

kick down

phrasal verb

  • Change quickly into a lower gear in a car with an automatic transmission by a sudden full depression of the accelerator.

    • ‘You get the odd hairy moment when coming over a ridge and round a corner at the same time as the car kicks down a gear and opens the throttle to maintain its speed.’
    • ‘However, the transmission has a tendency to kick down into first gear all too easily, which can make progress around town a little jerky.’
    • ‘I kept thinking the bike was going to stall as the revs dropped, and rather than kicking down a few gears, rolling off the throttle, and using a bit of brake to go around a corner, I had to use the brakes alone to slow me down.’