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1no object Change to a higher gear in a motor vehicle.‘I caught a flash of the driver hand as he upshifted’
- ‘Accelerating out of each curve, upshifting toward the next, the Saab's perfectly precise steering, athletically taut suspension and linear, progressive brakes add to enjoyment of the road.’
- ‘She hit the first small straight and accelerated hard, upshifting, then braking to send her car sailing through a set of hairpin turns.’
- ‘Kim spun her car around quickly and punched the gas, accelerating hard as she upshifted, turning the wheel onto Mountaindale Road, watching as Belial shifted uncomfortably in the racing seat.’
2with object Increase.‘stricter driving laws that upshifted the penalties for drunk-driving’
1A change to a higher gear.‘the upshifts are mostly smooth’
- ‘The powershift transmission also offers upshift and automatic four-wheel-drive braking when in two-wheel drive.’
- ‘Unfortunately, though, the sequential changes are tad sloppy on the upshift and slightly jerky on the downshift.’
- ‘There is also an automatic mode and a low grip mode, which allows the car to start in second gear with all further upshifts taking place at a lower engine speed.’
- ‘It changes down beautifully, but upshifts are either slow or jerky or full of clutch-slip.’
- ‘You'll notice its stiffness most under radical upshifts (more than three gears at time).’
- ‘It's much easier to start in 1st gear and upshift through the gears as the bike accelerates.’
2An increase in something.‘a temperature upshift’
- ‘Adding in the 1% growth rate of the labor force, this upshift means the economy is now capable of sustaining growth in the area of 3.5% over the long haul without lifting inflation.’
- ‘But the upshift in productivity has created a new jobs cycle and changed - maybe forever - how employment enters the economic equation.’
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