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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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But if the FDA can ratchet down nicotine in conventional cigarettes to levels below what's in e-cigarettes, perhaps everyone who clings to smoking will switch to the higher-nicotine new products.
European Union lawmakers are seeking to further ratchet down the fees mobile operators charge users when they travel abroad, according to a draft plan seen by Reuters, taking aim at a lucrative source of industry profit.
When PPL Corp., an Allentown, Pa.-based utility with $7.6 billion in 2009 revenue, decided to ratchet down commodity risk by acquiring more rate-regulated utilities, it had to finance two major purchases within 12 months.
Yes, the insurers have had incentive to withhold care, ratchet down on payment to practitioners, and find ways to eliminate plan members who suddenly-become expensive.
He added: "But this trend offers a challenge for the American public: If we ratchet up our security concerns when the rate of terrorism rises, should we ratchet down our concerns when it falls?" (ANI)
But very few politicians in Washington - including Ben Bernanke- the chairman of the Federal Reserve think the programme will create the robust growth needed to ratchet down the unemployment rate.
peacekeepers convened a rare three-way meeting with Israel and Lebanon in an effort to ratchet down tensions after Tuesday's deadly skirmish.
Frustrated by the failure of the climate summit in Copenhagen to set binding limits on global greenhouse gas emissions, at least one island nation is pursuing a legal challenge as a means to ratchet down the emissions of industrialized nations.
Each foreclosure resets values in a market, appraisals ratchet down, and homes over $350,000-$400,000 remain unsold.
So, if Jafari's new rhetoric is meant to ratchet down the rhetoric, it isn't likely to be noticed in Israel.
While that's bad news for those looking for a pay rise this year, it's considered good for companies looking to ratchet down their wage costs.
The company president and chief executive officer, Will Felderhof, said, 'We are very pleased with the huge improvement in performance in Q3 (2008 third quarter), however, we recognize that in these very challenging times with very low metal prices forcing mines worldwide to curtail production or close down, it is crucial that Acadian continue its efforts to ratchet down production costs.