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change down

Definition of change down in English:

British Engage a lower gear in a vehicle or on a bicycle: it is important to change down in plenty of time to avoid having to brake sharply
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  • As you approach a junction in a car with a manual gearbox, you change down through the gears, which means that the engine creates drag and slows the car down.
  • It changes down beautifully, but upshifts are either slow or jerky or full of clutch-slip.
  • Gently increase acceleration and be prepared to change down through the gears to preserve momentum.
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