One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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