gear up meaning, gear up definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( gears    plural & 3rd person present)   ( gearing    present participle)   ( geared    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   The gears on a machine or vehicle are a device for changing the rate at which energy is changed into motion.  
On hills, he must use low gears..., The car was in fourth gear..., He put the truck in gear and drove on.     
2       n-uncount   The gear involved in a particular activity is the equipment or special clothing that you use.  
About 100 officers in riot gear were needed to break up the fight., gear..., They helped us put our gear back into the van.     
3       n-uncount   Gear means clothing.  
INFORMAL   I used to wear trendy gear but it just looked ridiculous.     
4       v-passive   If someone or something is geared to or towards a particular purpose, they are organized or designed in order to achieve that purpose.  
Colleges are not always geared to the needs of mature students...      be V-ed to n  
My training was geared towards winning gold in Munich.      be V-ed towards -ing   gear up             phrasal verb   If someone is gearing up for a particular activity, they are preparing to do it. If they are geared up to do a particular activity, they are prepared to do it.  
usu passive  
...another indication that the Government is gearing up for an election...      V P for/to n  
The factory was geared up to make 1,100 cars a day.      be V-ed P to-inf  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    cog, cogwheel, gearwheel, toothed wheel  
2    cogs, gearing, machinery, mechanism, works  
3    accessories, accoutrements, apparatus, equipment, harness, instruments, outfit, paraphernalia, rigging, supplies, tackle, tools, trappings  
4    baggage, belongings, effects, kit, luggage, stuff, things  
5      (slang)   apparel, array, attire, clothes, clothing, costume, dress, garb, garments, habit, outfit, rigout     (informal)   schmutter     (slang)   threads     (slang)   togs, wear  
6    adapt, adjust, equip, fit, rig, suit, tailor  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
testicles ; genitalia ; gonads ; nuts ; privates ; pudenda ; stones ; testes ; private parts ; family jewels ; bollocks ; balls ; cullions ; rocks ; boys ; cherries ; coin purse ; cojones ; deez ; gear ; giggleberries ; grapes ; knackers ; nuggets ; plums ; sack
[Slang];[UK] Ex.: Get the fuck out of here before I rip your goolies off, you bastard!
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