DOWN SHIFT

downshift

[doun-shift]
verb (used without object)
1.
to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a lower gear.
2.
to become less active; slow down: The economy seems to be downshifting.
verb (used with object)
3.
to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
noun
4.
an act or instance of downshifting.

Origin:
1950–55; down1 + shift

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downshift

noun
1. a change from a financially rewarding but stressful career to a less well paid but more fulfilling one 
2. a change to a lower gear in a car or bicycle 
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