Definition of high gear in US English:

high gear


  • A gear that causes a wheeled vehicle to move fast, owing to a high ratio between the speed of the wheels and that of the mechanism driving them.

    ‘pull away in high gear’
    figurative ‘the war against the Mafia has gone into high gear’
    • ‘Fichter nodded, shifting the car into high gear and speeding into the distance.’
    • ‘As the G8 Summit draws near, preparations are kicking into high gear.’
    • ‘On icy or slushy roads, motorists are advised to use high gears to avoid wheel spin.’
    • ‘If the ratios are too tight, the car will be in high gear very quickly and the engine will be screaming by the time the car nears the finish line.’
    • ‘Indeed it is so flexible that you can drive around at low speeds in a high gear when you are feeling lazy.’