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ratchet mouth

A person who talks incessantly or irrepressibly. Jake is such a ratchet mouth that I find it exhausting talking to him! You need to quit being such a ratchet mouth in the classroom!
See also: mouth, ratchet

ratchet up

1. To increase in speed, intensity, or force over several incremental degrees. Campaigns on both sides of the referendum have been ratcheting up over the last few days. The film's tension ratchets up from beginning to end, leaving you on the edge of your seat by the time the credits roll. Make sure you don't let the engine overheat as it ratchets up, or it could end up burning out.
2. To cause something to increase in speed, intensity, or force over several incremental degrees. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "ratchet" and "up." We've been ratcheting up our negotiations with the militants to try and bring the hostages home safely. We need to ratchet our efforts up if we hope to win the qualifying round next week.
See also: ratchet, up

ratchet up

v.
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

ratchet-mouth

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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The Secure-Fast ratchet complements our family of disposable instruments and procedural kits and underscores the broader adoption of disposable instruments and kits across hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.
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.
The new Model 300 series Secure-Fast ratchet, which has worldwide patents pending, will be available for sampling in the coming weeks, ECA officials said.
The new ratchet will ease the sorting of hard-to-separate cell-membrane proteins, such as receptors, the scientists predict.
Boxer explains that drug designers might use the ratchet to determine whether molecules of a candidate drug have docked with target receptors on a membrane.
By allowing expected sales to scale the ratchet variable, this specification implies, reasonably, that the effect of the interest rate ratchet increases as expected sales increase.
Construction of the interest rate ratchet variable is straightforward.
The real rate and the ratchet variable derived from it are shown in chart 1.
The Magnetic Oil Drain Plug Socket System works with an included 3/8" drive GearRatchet for extra performance or a standard 3/8" drive ratchet to solve a wide range of special access needs as well.
Most of the ratchets had a lever-activated reversing mechanism as opposed to a dial design.
The ratchets are fully polished and include quick-release and lever-reverse features.
The ratchets have quick release and a lever-reverse mechanism.
Store sockets and ratchets away from moisture and wipe them clean after each use.
Walk into Sears or a well-stocked auto or hardware store and you'll be confronted by a dizzying array of sockets, ratchet wrenches and doodads.
The most common driver is the ratchet wrench (opening photo) containing the ingenious little ratchet mechanism that allows you to swing the handle back and forth (like a pendulum) while turning the bolt or nut in only one direction.