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second gear (plural second gears)

  1. The second gearing available from a gearbox.
  2. (idiomatic, figuratively) Mediocre, sluggish performance.
    • 2011 March 2, Chris Whyatt, “Arsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orient”, in BBC[1]:
      The hosts remained in second gear after the break although Orient, with impressive Daniels a constant outlet down the right, did at least show a sense of adventure.

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