verb (used without object)
to shift an automotive transmission or vehicle into a higher gear.
verb (used with object)
to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a higher gear.
an act or instance of upshifting.

1950–55; up- + shift Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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In practice, the downshift is occasionally helpful, but the upshift is disconcerting when it occurs in the middle of a corner.
Otherwise, a taller ratio with a smoother upshift is used.
Then, when you upshift, this car leaps right from under you.
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