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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHIFT GEARS

Its best to shift gears going over the equator, Brent said; go into second and stay in second till you get up the hill.

A common mistake is the attempt to shift gears with the clutch not entirely released.

I tried to shift gears and start the engine at the same time, and succeeded in doing exactly nothing.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "fighting equipment," probably from Old Norse gervi "apparel," related to gerr "ready," and gerva "make ready," from Proto-Germanic *garwin- (cf. Old English gearwe "clothing, equipment, ornament;" Old High German garawi "clothing, dress," garawen "to make ready;" German gerben "to tan"). Meaning "toothed wheel in machinery" first attested 1520s. Slang for "male sex organs" from 1670s. British adjective slang sense of "stylish, excellent" first recorded 1951, from earlier that's the gear, expression of approval, 1925.

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