gear up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gear up make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc "Get the children ready for school!","prepare for war","I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
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Idioms

Move up a gear - If you move up a gear, you start to perform in a clearly better way, especially in sport.
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Step up a gear - If you step up a gear, you perform noticeably better, especially in sport.
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Usage

In literature:

Took me three minutes by the clock to dope out the combination too, which shows how gummed up my gears was.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Lime, you infernal idiot, git out there and gear up them horses.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
Lime, you infernal idiot, git out there and gear up them horses.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The sea was fast getting up, and I began to tremble for my spars and gear.
"For Treasure Bound" by Harry Collingwood
And I shouldn't marvel if I can make up a kirtle or a hood for Collet by nows and thens, out of some gear of my own.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
In the side berth were hanging up two or three articles of female gear.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
I found it necessary to keep with him all the time and see that he did not get geared up.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
I expect she would have stripped her gears or smashed up somehow, but it would have been a chance.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
She glances up and smiles, and is transfigured in spite of the dismal mourning gear.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
About an hour later some half-dozen men came up leading a couple of camels laden with a larger tent and other gear.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
She complied and he reached forward to throw in the gear, when the man walked around in front of the car and held up a restraining hand.
"Stubble" by George Looms
He that gies a' his gear to his bairns, tak up a beetle and ding out his harns.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The cylinder was but three and one half inches in diameter; and speed was got up by gearing.
"Peter Cooper" by Rossiter W. Raymond
At length they heaved the gate up; the water-wheel began to turn and the other gear to revolve, making a tremendous noise.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
D'Arcy, having assured himself that Lonagon was no liar, put up the money to buy food and gear and joined in.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
But she carrieth her thoughts up a great way off, into strange gear whither I cannot follow.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
The jockey fastened the weights to his gear, saddled up and mounted.
"Lighter Than You Think" by Nelson Bond
Going up a hill in an automobile on low gear.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
For the vessels that had been laid up all winter and stripped of everything, they were getting out the gear from the lofts.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
The belting-gear cracked and rolled up.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
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In poetry:

Winstanley chose him men and gear;
He said, “My time I waste,”
For the seas ran seething up the shore,
And the wrack drave on in haste.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
They sauld aff their stock, an' pack'd up their gear;
Oot owre the Atlantic they boun' them to steer:
On Scotlan' the bodies ha'e leukit their last,
An' safe to the new frae the aul' warl' pass'd.
"Pairtin' An' Meetin'" by Janet Hamilton
Now Tom he was a lazy chap and fonder of his beer
Than he was of mending up his nets and tending to his gear,
And that was how it came about the seine bust clean in two,
And Tom he stood there gaping while the merrymaid slipped through.
"Told At "The Pilchards"" by Cicely Fox Smith
Well, master, 'e was in the car, a-fiddlin' with the gear,
An' the 'orse was meditatin', an' I was standin' near,
When master 'e touched somethin'--what it was we'll never know--
But it sort o' spurred the boiler up and made the engine go.
"The Groom's Story" by Arthur Conan Doyle
And there were shipmates of old time and folks that well I knew,
That looked and laughed as I went by as once they used to do;
And up and down her rutted decks, the littered gear among,
A lad went with me all the while I lost when I was young.
"Sold Foreign" by Cicely Fox Smith
Which is the world? Of our two sleepings, which
Shall fall awake when cures and their itch
Raise up this red-eyed earth?
Pack off the shapes of daylight and their starch,
The sunny gentlemen, the Welshing rich,
Or drive the night-geared forth.
"Our Eunuch Dreams" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

The two are gearing up to co-host the CMA Awards November 9th on ABC.
Gearing up for the July 31 primary run-offs.
As dozens of area farmers markets gear up for their busy spring and summer seasons, their managers face an increasingly contentious conundrum: Are they purists devoted to local farmers.
Carnival, Quebec City 's annual winter festival, celebrates its 50th anniversary this February, and the city is gearing up for more than two weeks of snowy fun.
NAPLES — With spring training just around the corner, the "Voice of the Minnesota Twins" is gearing up for the 2011 season.
The very tight campaign to become North Carolina's next lieutenant governor continued Wednesday, with both sides gearing up for a recount battle that could drag on for weeks.
The KNG Chronicles are gearing up for new episodes including the 'Grand Prize Guest' feature episode to be selected during upcoming Sportman's Expo set for August 17-19 at the Centurylink Center.
Runners are already gearing up for what's expected to be the most intense competition of the season.
OC Gears Up for St Pat's Tourney.
Roadrunner Food Bank Gears Up for Holidays.
Gearing up for more hot- roddin ' fun at Parrot Key.
BRISTOL, Rhode Island, October 15 THE Roger Williams University Swimming & Diving Team held an intrasquad meet this past weekend, gearing up for the Hawks' 2012-13 opener at RPI next weekend.
Tony Parker (from left), Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are gearing up for the playoffs, which start this weekend, as the No.
AS CHINA gears up to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its annexation of Tibet, it has issued a stinging rebuff to the newly elected prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay .
If you're gearing up for the big game and you're reading this blog, you're probably a fiber fanatic, too.
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In science:

Our primary data reduction goals were geared toward the nearly real time detection and calibration of transients, to be discussed in § 3.1–3.3 below, the best of which could then be followed up spectroscopically.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution
The MiniBooNE detector 52 is taking its first beam this spring as it gears up to resolve the LSND mystery.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
Pan-Starrs is gearing up for a two order of magnitude increase over this area, within the next five years.
Seeing the Nature of the Accelerating Physics: It's a SNAP
The LHeC efforts gear up to complete a Conceptual Design Report around 2012-2013, whereas the EIC is working on substantiating their science case and accelerator/detector design for the next U.S.
Future Facilities Summary
Over the past few years, a number of groups have been gearing up to meet this challenge.
Binaries in Globular Clusters
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