Definition of upshift in English:


Syllabification: up·shift
Pronunciation: /ˈəpˌSHift


[no object]
  • 1Change to a higher gear in a motor vehicle.
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    • Accelerating out of each curve, upshifting toward the next, the Saab's perfectly precise steering, athletically taut suspension and linear, progressive brakes add to enjoyment of the road.
    • She hit the first small straight and accelerated hard, upshifting, then braking to send her car sailing through a set of hairpin turns.
    • Kim spun her car around quickly and punched the gas, accelerating hard as she upshifted, turning the wheel onto Mountaindale Road, watching as Belial shifted uncomfortably in the racing seat.
  • 1.1 [with object] Increase: stricter driving laws that upshifted the penalties for drunken driving


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  • A change to a higher gear.
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    • You'll notice its stiffness most under radical upshifts (more than three gears at time).
    • It's much easier to start in 1st gear and upshift through the gears as the bike accelerates.
    • It changes down beautifully, but upshifts are either slow or jerky or full of clutch-slip.

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