2013년 1월 8일 화요일

Dic: switch gears, shift gears, change gear

  • I'd like to shift gears now and talk about a personal concern.
  • The boss expects us to be able to change gear just like that
  • If this idea doesn't work, we're going to have to shift gears.
  • After giving an intense performance it was difficult for the actress to change gears and become herself again.
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△to suddenly change what you are doing. [Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]
  • I'd like to shift gears now and talk about a personal concern.
Etymology: based on the idea that a vehicle will change speed when you change gears (machine parts)
△to start doing something in a different way, especially using more or less energy or effort [LDOCE]
  • The boss expects us to be able to change gear just like that.
△to change the way you think about or do something [MacMillan]
  • If this idea doesn't work, we're going to have to shift gears.
△ [OALD]
  1. to put a motor vehicle or a bicycle into a different gear
  2. to move from one activity or interest to another
  • After giving an intense performance it was difficult for the actress to change gears and become herself again.

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