Meaning of “step/move up a gear” in the English Dictionary

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"step/move up a gear" in British English

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step/move up a gear

UK informal

to start to do something better, especially in sports, in a way that is easy to see:

After a disappointing first half, United moved up a gear and took control of the game.

(Definition of “step/move up a gear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)