verb (used with or without object)
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Origin of ratchet1
Definition for ratchet (2 of 2)
Origin of ratchet2
OTHER WORDS FROM ratchetratch·et·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for ratchet
The Kremlin ratcheted up its defiance after embarrassing evidence surfaced this month strongly suggesting that Russia’s domestic security agency, the FSB, had tracked Navalny from 2017, after he decided to run for president, poisoning him in August.In Russia, tough new laws and stepped-up defiance abroad mark Putin’s shift toward unfettered control|Robyn Dixon|December 27, 2020|Washington Post
First, Republican legislatures have ratcheted up the attempts at suppression.Why Judge Posner Changed His Mind On Voter ID Laws|Richard L. Hasen|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.
Because doing more, they say, would have ratcheted up expectations that he might win, making a loss all the more devastating.
Later in the day, she ratcheted up the sentiment: "Arghhhhh!"