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ratchet up

1. To cause something to increase in increments: The motor was running too slow to run the pump, so we ratcheted up the speed until it worked. We won't resolve our disagreements if you ratchet up our discussions into big arguments.
2. To increase by increments: The tension ratcheted up as the hostage crisis wore on.
See also: ratchet, up


and motor-mouth
n. someone who talks incessantly. (Also a term of address.) Tell that ratchet-mouth to shut up! Hey, motor-mouth! Don’t you ever stop?
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Our single-use instruments and kits and our new Secure-Fast ratchet are cost-effective productivity tools for orthopedic and neurosurgeons and improve patient safety as every instrument is new out of the box, sterile and ready for surgery," he said.
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Mr Burston said: "HMRC has backed down and management can once again increase their stake through ratchets.
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The Ratchet Guard is also the subject of Patent Pending status within the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Richard Priest, landlord at the Rat and Ratchet, said: "Due to the close proximity of us to the college we have already had LINKs with them.
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The tools required to work on the shaft consist of a ratchet wrench to hold the bolt from the front, an extension and a deep well socket to turn the nut.
Ameristep's Ratchet Kit includes an 84x1inch, heavy-duty ratchet strap with quiet, coated S-hooks designed to prevent damage to treestands and other valuable equipment.
Teleflex Medical OEM, a Kenosha, WI-based global outsource provider of medical devices and orthopedic surgical instruments, said it has added the Centaur torque-limiting ratchet driver to its Beere Medical product line.
His thefts came to light after a colleague at the Deeside Parcel Force depot realised a parcel had been tampered with, and a ratchet tool from it was discovered in McCall's bag.