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gear

noun [U]
 
 
/ɡɪər/
a system or piece of equipment: A good place to connect with other consumers is Epinions.com, which posts reviews on all sorts of gadgets and gear. computer/electronic/networking gear
equipment or clothes that are used for a particular activity: The workers said they received no protective gear or warnings about the dangers of asbestos.
informal the speed at which something happens or is done: After a slow start, the leadership campaign suddenly shifted into gear. high/low/top gear
move/step up a gear UK informal to start to do something better or faster: The price war stepped up a gear yesterday when two major chains announced they were cutting the cost of petrol.
(Definition of gear from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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