Second Gear Meaning
(idiomatic, figuratively) Mediocre, sluggish performance.
Example: The second lowest gearing available from a gearbox.
2011 March 2, Chris Whyatt, â€œArsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orientâ€, BBC:
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.