Later in the day, she ratcheted up the sentiment: "Arghhhhh!"
After a period of softspeak on Kashmir, it has ratcheted up the confrontation at the verbal level.
The IMF ratcheted down its estimate for global growth this week.
Many owe the lasting success of older players to the increasing value placed upon raw power as racket technology has ratcheted up.
First, Republican legislatures have ratcheted up the attempts at suppression.
Because doing more, they say, would have ratcheted up expectations that he might win, making a loss all the more devastating.
After the media ban was ratcheted up in 2003, I was surprised that U.S. news organizations did not protest.
1650s, rochet, from French rochet "bobbin, spindle," from Italian rocchetto "spool, ratchet," diminutive of rocca "distaff," possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German rocko "distaff," Old Norse rokkr), from Proto-Germanic *rukka-, from PIE root *ruk- "fabric, spun yarn." Cf. rocket (n.2). Current spelling in English dates from 1721, influenced by synonymous ratch, which perhaps is borrowed from German Rätsche "ratchet."
1852, from ratchet (n.). Transferred sense attested by 1977. Related: Ratcheted; ratcheting.
To change by increments in one direction: Gold had ratcheted down to 385
[1977+; fr the ratchet action of a winch or of a wrench, where an increasing pressure, torque, pull, etc, is registered by the clicking of a pawl on a gear wheel]