The algorithm is forever ratcheting up spending and ratcheting down revenues.
Even while ratcheting up his rhetoric against the GOP, Obama also engaged in a bit of Clintonian triangulation.
In going public, the White House is ratcheting up the pressure on Islamabad.
In response to rising demand for durable goods like autos, companies have been ratcheting up production.
Sensing the turning tide, the admin is ratcheting up the rhetoric.
Score one for Newt, who basically pressured Romney into putting out the returns by ratcheting up the pressure.
Chopper crashes killed 14 Americans Monday, ratcheting up pressure on Obama to decide on a surge.
How do peaceful, non-antagonistic peoples prevent certain individuals from ratcheting up rage and creating divisive groups?
Khrushchev said he would remove them “in due course,” but did he need some prodding by ratcheting up the blockade?
You can ratchet down sanctions, but ratcheting down war is sometimes out of your hands.
moved in segments with a clicking sound
He bought a ratcheting pruner for the trees.
the increasing or decreasing of an action in segments; incremental change
The rivalry has been ratcheting up for years.
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]