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Synonyms for ratchet

mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction

move by degrees in one direction only

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The drug achieves both effects by ratcheting down production of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone linked to male pattern baldness and enlargement of the prostate.
This June the California Air Resources Board, which sets air pollution standards for engines, will consider ratcheting down mowers' emissions levels again - by another 50 percent.
The report also stated that "As a result of the state's persistent ratcheting down of Medicaid rates throughout the 1990s, most Medicaid-certified nursing facilities now receive daily Medicaid rates that average fifteen to twenty dollars per day below allowable cost.
Mr Armitage said the Indian leadership might return some diplomats to Islamabad and had discussed 'some ratcheting down of some sort of military tension.
The Indians ``are talking about some diplomatic actions, which could include the return of some people to diplomatic postings in Islamabad and some ratcheting down of some sort of military tension.
He said India was taking "some diplomatic actions, which could include the return of some people to diplomatic postings in Islamabad and some ratcheting down of military tension".
We're a life care community, so ratcheting down our acuity levels is not something we can or would do," says Mohn.
This presents serious risks of markets overshooting, with asset markets ratcheting down on every occasion of their engaging in this activity.
Given the limited application of the proposed scheme to most of the companies represented by TEI's membership - and the seeming "inevitability" of the ratcheting down of the safe-harbor percentage as the means of "paying for" the new system (if a funding mechanism is necessary) - the Institute has not previously commented on the proposed regulations.
HB 855 would phase out the UAF over a three year period by capping this year's disbursements at $9 million and ratcheting down disbursements to $6 million in 2013 and $3 million in 2014, before ultimately eliminating the program.
Specifically, ACA supports maintaining the existing permitting thresholds for GHGs but still believes that EPA's Tailoring Rule approach--slowly ratcheting down the applicability thresholds--is flawed and will continue to create regulatory uncertainty.
Adding to the problem is that private insurers have largely followed the lead of Medicare and have been ratcheting down their rates over the years as well, Dr.
Defense Minister Chen Chao-min told Taiwan's parliament Monday that the military plans to establish a think tank that would formulate confidence-building measures aimed at ratcheting down tensions across the strait.
14 /PRNewswire/ -- The economic and financial angst consumers are feeling has them ratcheting down spending, cutting back on luxuries such as the daily cup of premium coffee.