give someone the gears

give someone the gears

harass or pester someone – Canadian

1989 - Guy Vanderhaeghe – Homesick - Whenever Daniel gave him the gears about overdressing, the old man grew sulky and grouchy.


change gear

begin to move or act differently, usually more rapidly

This expression derives from literally engaging a different gear of a motor vehicle in order to alter its speed. Compare with in gear (with a gear engaged and so ready for action) and its opposite out of gear. To move up a gear means literally change to a higher gear. The phrase is often used figuratively to mean put more effort into an activity.

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