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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.
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.
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 ratchet variable has the correct (negative) sign and is significant at the 5-percent level.
The elasticity with respect to the interest rate ratchet variable is very small: below -0.
LAS VEGAS -- GearWrench(R) today introduced four new hand tools at the 2006 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas: the 4-in-1 QuadBox(TM) Ratcheting Wrench, Locking Flex Head Pass-Thru(R) Ratchet, Ratcheting Tap & Die System and the Magnetic Oil Drain Plug Socket System.
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.
Sets Complete sets of the new DEWALT mechanics tools are available in three sizes, including a 118-piece socket set with 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch drive ratchets (DWMT72163), a 156-piece socket set with 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch drive ratchets (DWMT72164), and a 204-piece socket set with all three drives (DWMT72165).
Summary: DEWALT announced today the launch of a new line of mechanics tools including ratchets, sockets, wrenches and sets available only at Sears.
Versus standard ratchets, on average **Than standard wrenches, on average
The Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Grinder combines a high performance ratchet mechanism with a ceramic stone grinder, making it ideal for those who want more flavor fast.
Sporting a ratchet mechanism instead of a pump or ripcord, the Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Salad Spinner spins faster, removing more water with fewer, easier strokes.
The new Ratchet Grater features a highly efficient ratchet mechanism that is easier on the hands, so grating cheese, chocolate or nuts is a breeze.
Go easy on your hands when you open cans or pop tabs with the Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Safety LidLifter.