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  • noun Plural form of ratchet.

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Examples

  • The genetic damage literally (metaphorically) "ratchets" up.

    FFS

  • DOUGHERTY: Again, it kind of ratchets up, and that suspicion, reasonable suspicion, it appears that is where they're going to be zeroing in and redefining, making it easier to define somebody in that category, and therefore they would be put on the no-fly list.

    CNN Transcript Dec 31, 2009

  • First of all, every debate, since there's not a knockout so far, every debate kind of ratchets up the pressure because the candidates need to perform even better.

    CNN Transcript - Sunday Morning News: Bush and Gore Get Set For Second Debate in North Carolina - October 8, 2000

  • "I think that kind of ratchets things up," Williams said.

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  • When the caterwauling starts - continues, ratchets up, gets crazier - about how the government should stay out of healthcare and how private business is better equipped to handle this unwieldy mess of an industry and, oh dear God, the sky will surely fall if insurance is mandated or choices are offered or regulations are insisted upon, blah, blah, blah, I want to run screaming into the street, "Are you all crazy?"

    Lorraine Devon Wilke: New Hire Mr. Potter Brings Blue Shield Into the New Year

  • When the caterwauling starts - continues, ratchets up, gets crazier - about how the government should stay out of healthcare and how private business is better equipped to handle this unwieldy mess of an industry and, oh dear God, the sky will surely fall if insurance is mandated or choices are offered or regulations are insisted upon, blah, blah, blah, I want to run screaming into the street, "Are you all crazy?"

    Lorraine Devon Wilke: New Hire Mr. Potter Brings Blue Shield Into the New Year

  • No other film has summoned up such a vast complexity of wheels, cranks, levers, ratchets and cogs, all of it coupled to a tale of loss, yearning, mysteries revealed and happiness regained.

    'Hugo': A Dazzler, but No Victor

  • As the west tightens sanctions and ratchets up pressure on Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has struck back at the United States in an unusual manner by touring through Latin America.

    Nikolas Kozloff: Ahmadinejad in Managua: WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Fears of Nicaraguan-Iranian Rapprochement

  • The financial health of the Social Security system has eroded more sharply in the past year than at any time since the mid-1990s, according to a government forecast that ratchets up pressure on the Obama administration and Congress to stabilize the retirement system that keeps many older Americans out of poverty.

    Have the economy and swine flu affected you?

  • The financial health of the Social Security system has eroded more sharply in the past year than at any time since the mid-1990s, according to a government forecast that ratchets up pressure on the Obama administration and Congress to stabilize the retirement system that keeps many older Americans out of poverty.

    Have the economy and swine flu affected you?

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