verb (used with or without object)
Origin of ratchet1
Definition for ratchet (2 of 2)
Origin of ratchet2
Related formsratch·et·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for ratchet
Every message, action and gesture seems calculated to ratchet up the anxiety of those who are listening.Even After Hobby Lobby, the Religious Right is Still Terrified|Gene Robinson|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sean Hannity versus Michael Savage—these two conservative radio hosts have recently ratchet up their rivalry.George Zimmerman Wants to Profit Off Trayvon Martin’s Death|Dean Obeidallah|February 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dancers are suspended in midair like the cast of a ratchet Cirque du Soleil performance.
“Pour It Up” exists in a magical, ratchet room of requirement.
You should ratchet up the sanction and make it clear to Iran that they won't get away with it.
We think a ratchet wheel should not be employed with equidistant pallets.An Analysis of the Lever Escapement|H. R. Playtner
The piston having a spiral groove is turned by this ratchet as it moves down.
By means of a cut-off the ratchet bars can be prevented from acting, and the piece used as a single loader.
On the return of the piston, the pall drops into the ratchet and then the piston is turned.
Yet the ratchet of time will work along its daily cogs, and doubtless bring it safe within our grasp.The Letters of William James, Vol. II|William James