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high gear

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Definition of high gear in English:

noun

A gear that causes a wheeled vehicle to move fast, due to a high ratio between the speed of the wheels and that of the mechanism driving them: pull away in high gear the high gears make whizzing downhill safer figurative the war against the Mafia has gone into high gear
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  • On icy or slushy roads, motorists are advised to use high gears to avoid wheel spin.
  • Indeed it is so flexible that you can drive around at low speeds in a high gear when you are feeling lazy.
  • If the ratios are too tight, the car will be in high gear very quickly and the engine will be screaming by the time the car nears the finish line.

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