One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Change to a higher gear in a motor vehicle.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She hit the first small straight and accelerated hard, upshifting, then braking to send her car sailing through a set of hairpin turns.’
- 1.1with object Increase.‘stricter driving laws that upshifted the penalties for drunken driving’
A change to a higher gear.
- ‘It's much easier to start in 1st gear and upshift through the gears as the bike accelerates.’
- ‘It changes down beautifully, but upshifts are either slow or jerky or full of clutch-slip.’
- ‘The powershift transmission also offers upshift and automatic four-wheel-drive braking when in two-wheel drive.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Unfortunately, though, the sequential changes are tad sloppy on the upshift and slightly jerky on the downshift.’
- ‘You'll notice its stiffness most under radical upshifts (more than three gears at time).’
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