Idiom:  shift gears (switch gears)

Definition

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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