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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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It started by requiring all employers with 500 or more workers to provide health insurance, then ratcheted down the size of the companies until all firms with more than 16 workers were providing health coverage.
By the time a new equilibrium is reached and providers have cut costs to the bone, payers will have ratcheted down payouts to narrow or invert margins.
Other retailers had no choice but to respond, he said, with the result that "prices were ratcheted down throughout the market.
Most of the single-employer plans have faced some full-funding limitation off and on for the last 10 years, because the maximums have been ratcheted down so dramatically on many of our plans.
He says projects that were prohibitive when interest rates were high became possible as they ratcheted down.
Fitch expects that over the intermediate term, health care liabilities will continue to be ratcheted down, through contract negotiations or through a more contentious route.
But since Ma took power last year, relations across the Taiwan Strait have warmed, as Ma has ratcheted down Taipei's pro-sovereignty rhetoric while forging new economic and logistical links with Beijing.
Expenses as proportion of assets was ratcheted down to 0.
We were lucky this thing suddenly ratcheted down before it hit town.