- to shift (an automotive transmission or vehicle) into a lower gear.
- an act or instance of downshifting.
Origin of downshift
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Examples from the Web for downshift
On schools: keep innovating, increase accountability, but downshift the emphasis on test scores.Jack Hidary Waits to Make His Push in New York City Mayoral Race
August 14, 2013
Howard Kurtz on the downshift—and how Cain is defying political gravity.'Tired' Cain Campaign Slows Down
October 28, 2011
And this downshift in career ambitions is just as true for the top dogs among us.I Just Had a Baby, I'll Call You Back
Katty Kay, Claire Shipman
June 2, 2009