first gear = be sympathetic (offer phony apology), second gear = cya, third gear = place blame on others
When micro met with his underling, he used the UP way® and shift gears in record time!
by whitehat October 23, 2006
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A method for ensuring the most disappointingly mediocre outcome for any endeavor
things were going much better than expected, and then we remembered that by applying the UP way we could justify our pointless existence in perpetuity
by chester99 February 19, 2007