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
How do peaceful, non-antagonistic peoples prevent certain individuals from ratcheting up rage and creating divisive groups?The End of Us And Them: David Cannadine’s Quest to Unite History|Jimmy So|May 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In response to rising demand for durable goods like autos, companies have been ratcheting up production.Economic Data Show That, at Last, (Many of) the Fundamentals Are Sound|Daniel Gross|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
You can ratchet down sanctions, but ratcheting down war is sometimes out of your hands.
Khrushchev said he would remove them “in due course,” but did he need some prodding by ratcheting up the blockade?The Commander-in-Chief Test: What the Cuban Missile Crisis Tells Us About JFK|David G. Coleman|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The algorithm is forever ratcheting up spending and ratcheting down revenues.Why Jerry Brown’s Bid to Fix California’s Budget Isn’t Working|Joe Mathews|May 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST