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|Pearly||Sep 8 2008, 06:52 PM|
1. a toothed bar with which a pawl engages.
2. (not in technical use) a pawl or the like used with a ratchet or ratchet wheel.
3. a mechanism consisting of such a bar or wheel with the pawl.
4. ratchet wheel.
5. a steady progression up or down: the upward ratchet of oil prices.
–verb (used with object), verb (used without object) 6. to move by degrees (often fol. by up or down): to ratchet prices up; Interest rates have been ratcheting downward.
Gina, it's a case of same shit, different use of words.
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