Definition of Ratchet down

1. Verb. Move by degrees in one direction only. "A ratcheting lopping tool"

Exact synonyms: Rachet Up, Ratchet
Generic synonyms: Advance, Go On, March On, Move On, Pass On, Progress
Derivative terms: Ratchet

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ratchet Down

ratatats
ratatouille
ratatouilles
ratbag
ratbags
ratbite fever
ratbite fever bacterium
ratcastle
ratcatcher
ratcatchers
ratch
ratched
ratchel
ratches
ratchet
ratchet down (current term)
ratchet jack
ratchet screwdriver
ratchet up
ratchet wheel
ratchet wheels
ratchet wrench
ratchet wrenches
ratcheted
ratcheting
ratchetlike
ratchets
ratchety
ratching
rate

Literary usage of Ratchet down

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1. Adventure Guide Costa Rica by Bruce Conord, June Conord (2005)
"... usually ratchet down our lifestyle and travel by bus. It's more ecological and there is no better place to be environmentally aware than Costa Rica. ..."

2. Crisis in the Taiwan Strait: Implications for U. S. Foreign Policy edited by Doug Bereuter (1996)
"... that allow both sides to ratchet down in an interlinked fashion, saving face for both sides, so that Washington and Beijing can step back from the edge ..."

3. U.S. Trade Strategy: Challenges and Choices: A Critical Policy Choice by Daniel W. Drezner (2005)
"The prospect of a South Asia Free Trade Area has caused both India and Pakistan to ratchet down their enduring geopolitical rivalry. ..."

4. Poverty and Policy in Post-Apartheid South Africa by Haroon Bhorat, S. M. Ravi Kanbur (2007)
"Households that are highly susceptible face multiple shocks over time, and may ratchet down over time to the point at which they eventually become trapped ..."

5. Attorneys' Fees and the Tobacco Settlement: Congressional Hearing edited by Howard Coble (2000)
"The ratchet down process would, under the settlement, trigger another right to opt out. If there are many opt outs, this would cause ..."

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