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ratchet

1. a device in which a toothed rack or wheel is engaged by a pawl to permit motion in one direction only
2. the toothed rack or wheel forming part of such a device

ratchet

[′rach·ət]
(design engineering)
A wheel, usually toothed, operating with a catch or a pawl so as to rotate in only a single direction.
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Our advice: ratchet down the fat until your taste buds say "uncle.
The problem is that sometimes the inflammatory attacks don't ratchet down when the threat is gone, and our immune cells keep pumping out free radicals.
Wilson expressed the concern of many physicians that private payers will follow Medicare's lead, resulting in "a ripple effect as they ratchet down their payments.
Generally, the inclusion of intellectual property provisions in multiple trade agreements makes it much harder to ratchet down international patent protection obligations.
A moderately tough home stretch might not allow it, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson is hoping to ratchet down the minutes of his starters in the final few weeks of the season.
But at some point, the amount of reimbursement payments will begin to ratchet down.
To this end the firm is reconfiguring its sales force around vertical industry sectors as opposed to geographical boundaries and is centralizing its customer administration centers, which will also ratchet down costs.
The underlying issue was an attempt by the state to ratchet down the number of nursing home beds and rein in the costs of our expensive system by replacing appropriate nursing home services with intermediate services, while maintaining the high level of care and high quality we were used to.
If we had recognized earlier that the rate differential wasn't sustainable, we could have had more time to ratchet down our costs," he notes.
Gould and Blackie Auger, then co-owners of Washington's Mayflower Hotel, had hired Peebles to ratchet down that assessment too, slicing off more than $11 million.
Chocolate diet Compounds in chocolate can ratchet down digestive enzymes that the body relies on to absorb and use fats and carbohydrates (SN Online: 5/9/11).
The limit would begin in 2012 and ratchet down annually.