Definition of first gear in English:

first gear

Syllabification: first gear


  • 1The lowest in a set of gears on a vehicle, used when traveling very slowly.
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    • But attempt a steep hill and you will be forced to drop down through the six-speed manual gearbox to first gear far quicker than you might expect.
    • If not, go slowly in first gear with the engine revving, as this helps to prevent stalling.
    • He shifted to the first gear and the jeep rolled off the side and onto the freeway.
  • 1.1Used in reference to a failure to make progress: in a scrappy first half, neither team seemed to get out of first gear
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    • In a scrappy first half neither team seemed to get out of first gear.
    • Hardly representative of his 12 months most of which were spent injured or persevering in first gear.
    • In their second match, Navy capitalised on Air Force's slow change out of first gear with an early goal.

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