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high gear

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high gear

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • On high gear with the gas throttled down they made scarcely any noise, so that conversation was possible.

    The Motor Girls on the Coast Margaret Penrose
  • "You can't have him," shouted Matt, and jumped to the high gear.

    Motor Matt's Mystery Stanley R. Matthews
  • Gradually he opened the throttle, and when he had attained a good speed, changed to high gear.

  • Billy's life had been running so long on high gear that the lower speeds had almost been forgotten.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
  • He fell headlong onto a seat as the car swung in a dust-raising turn and ground into high gear back to the city.

    Sense of Obligation Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Idioms and Phrases with high gear

high gear

A state of maximum activity, energy, or force. For example, His mind was in high gear as he studied for the medical exam, or The political campaign is finally moving into high gear. This expression alludes to the high gear of an engine transmission, used at the fastest speeds.
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