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top gear

[ top geer ]

noun

  1. the position or arrangement of parts in an automobile’s transmission that allows for the greatest speed and efficiency; the highest available gear in an automobile:

    The automatic transmission has six speeds, enough to furnish fast, serene cruising in top gear.



top gear

noun

  1. the highest gear in a motor vehicle Often shortened totop


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Word History and Origins

Origin of top gear1

First recorded in 1900–05

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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. in / into top gear. gear ( def 17 ).

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Example Sentences

You have a segment on Top Gear called “Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car” where celebrities work the racetrack.

It was launched around the same time as the revamped Top Gear.

The first shot demolished the top gear of one of the ships, bringing down the men; and the other ships kept a safe distance.

Sky and sea alike were fiercely threatening, and the wind howled through the vessel's top gear.

It was for all the world like a motor car starting on bottom speed and then slipping into top gear.

She heard the grinding and whirring of a motor-car on its top gear approaching up the hill, and cowered away against the hedge.

He explained to Mr. Direck how admirably his engine would climb hills on the top gear.

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