[ UK /dˈa‍ʊnʃɪft/ ]
  1. a change to a lower gear in a car or bicycle
  2. a change from a financially rewarding but stressful career to a less well paid but more fulfilling one
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How To Use downshift In A Sentence

  • Regin downshifted, tires squealing as she swerved to dodge a roadkill-bound possum. Dreams of a Dark Warrior
  • I believe the clunk was my rear diff. from the hard downshift?? NASIOC
  • The downshift hits workers of color particularly hard.
  • He downshifted and turned the steering wheel.
  • Two years ago Jeremy Hawkins downshifted from London's financial district, where he had worked for 23 years, to a home-based life.
  • Some decided to downshift and take cycling less seriously once they became pregnant and had their babies.
  • Do the economics of downshifting to a more frugal car stack up? Times, Sunday Times
  • These gearboxes are a lot different, and I probably didn't do a complete downshift.
  • There also is a perceptible delay when downshifting from fourth to third.
  • But now there is a real move back towards downshifting, taking more time and space. The Sun
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