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    Default over-all pattern

    The Inspector had smiled after he was finished and patted Margie's head. He said to her mother, "It's not the little girl's fault, Mrs. Jones. I think the geography sector was geared a little too quick. Those things happen sometimes. I've slowed it up to an average ten-year level. Actually, the over-all pattern of her progress is quite satisfactory."

    Please explain the meaning of highlighted words in this context.

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    Default Re: over-all pattern

    The mechanical teacher's section on geography was set too high for the level of learning that Margie is at.

    "over-all pattern" - in general Margie is at the level she should be at in her education.

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    Could anyone provide some examples with word `geared' as above?

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    I would choose "overall" instead of over-all.

    Actually, this is the first time I see it written like this.

    Parents gear their childrens development in the right direction. (adjust, monitor)

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    Thank you Bianca.

    But in your sentence, the word `geared' means `preapred' something. I know this meaning.

    I want examples with word `geared' as used in my original post/text. #1

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    Default Re: over-all pattern

    This class is geared far too much toward students who already have a very strong background in Chemistry.

    'gear' in your example has the meaning of adjust, just like here and in my previous example.
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