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top gear

the highest gear in a motor vehicle Often shortened to top
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  • The first shot demolished the top gear of one of the ships, bringing down the men; and the other ships kept a safe distance.

    King Robert the Bruce A. F. Murison
  • He explained to Mr. Direck how admirably his engine would climb hills on the top gear.

  • It was fortunate for us we had no top gear aloft, or the case might have been different.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • Sky and sea alike were fiercely threatening, and the wind howled through the vessel's top gear.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • It was for all the world like a motor car starting on bottom speed and then slipping into top gear.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • She heard the grinding and whirring of a motor-car on its top gear approaching up the hill, and cowered away against the hedge.

    Beyond John Galsworthy

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