Idiom:  shift gears (switch gears)


Idiom:  shift gears (switch gears)

  • to suddenly stop what you’re doing and do something else

Example sentences

— She’d been working in accounting for several years but decided to switch gears and try out sales.

— I’ve been talking for 40 minutes so now I’ll shift gears and take some of your questions.

— I think this would be a good point to switch gears and review the report's findings.

— I love taking yoga after work. It feels so good to shift gears and relax after a hectic day.

— In the United States its common for people to switch gears mid-career and go back to university to pursue higher education.

— We had to shift gears when a speaker didn't show up and do a breakout session instead of the lecture.

— Originally we planned to do a fundraising campaign by mail but we decided to switch gears and find a corporate sponsor instead.

— Let's shift gears and review the budget after lunch.

— Tomorrow morning we'll switch gears and break into small groups to discuss how to implement these proposals.

— The beginning of the book is a bit boring but the story shift gears in the third chapter and when the main character loses her job and travels to Africa.

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