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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Example sentences
They can more easily downshift their housing or move to new opportunity.
Does this mean that it is not possible to downshift to slow down the vehicle.
It is too easy to downshift from sixth into third instead of fifth.
It represents a downshift in engine size that confounds those of us with muscle-engine memories.
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