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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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Loy has choreographed it very tiditlv--and Hannes Rossacher's video direction surely ratchets down the focus more--to try to bring out the conflicts and alliances arising from Theodora's unwavering stand on religious principle.
Short-term studies show that when you consume calories from solid food, your brain ratchets down your appetite for more food and calories.
Unfortunately, the government ratchets down what I am allowed to collect for my services, but neglects to ratchet down my expenses as well
The protein, called interleukin-10, ratchets down the inflammatory reaction, says study coauthor Stephen J.
In fact, many of the studies contained distinct undertones of hostility, quite possibly due to the tension generalists and specialists feel as the health care market increasingly ratchets down their reimbursement.