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’