Definition of in (or into) gear in US English:

in (or into) gear

phrase

  • 1With a gear engaged.

    ‘the captain revved the engines and put them in gear’
    • ‘Sighing, he put the automobile in gear and drove off down the street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The engine restarts automatically when the car is put back in gear.’
    • ‘But automakers should learn to illuminate them only when in gear, not while idling in park.’
    • ‘Just put the key in, turn it on, put it in gear and you're off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chris quickly threw the Jeep in gear and drove off.’
    • ‘He glanced into the rear-view mirror, put it in gear, and pulled out of his parking space.’
    • ‘In a few short moments, he put the car in gear and drove off.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘It must have been preying on my mind, because later in the evening I piped up, mouth engaged before brain was fully in gear.’
      • ‘He was trying to get the two of us to get our act in gear and head outside.’
      • ‘New Year's resolutions are due to be formulated and if you are reading the paper on Friday, as most of us do, you have only 2 days to get your act in gear to set some goals for next year.’
      • ‘He has no idea what he believes in and usually opens his mouth before his brain is in gear.’
      • ‘Having traded his Ivy League education for a routine of slobbing out and ‘trying to be a rock star… but a rock star from 1972 ’, Paul resolved to get his life back in gear.’
      • ‘As an attacking force we were never in gear, and that is not just down to the forwards.’
      • ‘Instead we proceed through further memories as he starts to get his day in gear, driving across London to meet his colleague for squash.’
      • ‘I turned 29 and decided that my life was coming to an end quickly and that I'd better get my act in gear before I turned 30.’
      • ‘For the last four years, the people of north Mayo have been pumping their bicycle tyres and getting in gear for the annual charity-driven sponsored cycle.’
      • ‘But I as your President promise to put all my efforts in gear to quickly resolve the issue, and have put the National Guard on alert.’