Definition of in gear in English:

in gear

(also into gear)

phrase

  • 1With a gear engaged.

    ‘the captain revved the engines and put them in gear’
    • ‘It drives like a bus with, if anything, a slightly larger turning circle, and the gearshift is so floppy that it all but collapses the distinction between being in gear and being in neutral.’
    • ‘Chris quickly threw the Jeep in gear and drove off.’
    • ‘Just put the key in, turn it on, put it in gear and you're off.’
    • ‘The engine restarts automatically when the car is put back in gear.’
    • ‘Sighing, he put the automobile in gear and drove off down the street.’
    • ‘But automakers should learn to illuminate them only when in gear, not while idling in park.’
    • ‘With second-hand vehicles, you get a car that isn't perfect, because it has been run, parked in supermarkets, started in gear and the seat belt has been jammed in the door several times.’
    • ‘Ensure that the vehicle is in gear with hand brake engaged when parked.’
    • ‘In a few short moments, he put the car in gear and drove off.’
    • ‘He glanced into the rear-view mirror, put it in gear, and pulled out of his parking space.’
    1. 1.1Proceeding with energy, determination, or speed.
      • ‘I couldn't get myself into gear early enough on Saturday morning’