verb (used with or without object)
- ratbite fever,
- ratchet effect,
- ratchet jack,
- ratchet wheel,
- rate base
Origin of ratchet1
Examples from the Web for ratcheting
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
Word Origin for ratchet
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.