The act of selecting a lower gear. In Britain it is called "downward change."
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  • downshift — intransitive verb Date: 1955 1. to shift an automotive vehicle into a lower gear 2. to move or shift to a lower level (as of speed, activity, or intensity) • downshift noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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