high gear

A state of maximum activity, energy, or force. For example, His mind was in high gear as he studied for the medical exam, or The political campaign is finally moving into high gear. This expression alludes to the high gear of an engine transmission, used at the fastest speeds.

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How to use high gear in a sentence

  • He had been having a little starter, the doctor told himself, and would probably be running on high gear before he got through.

    Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
  • If you know the speeds of your lathe at low and high gear, you must also consider the diameter of the work at the cutting point.

  • His voice came low and strained as though it were being let out cautiously under high gear.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery | Rebecca N. Porter
  • Gradually he opened the throttle, and when he had attained a good speed, changed to high gear.

  • As we crawled along, still on high gear—that tin car certainly pulled strongly—a horseman emerged from a fold in the hills.

    The Killer | Stewart Edward White