Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “ratchet sth up/down”

ratchet sth up/down

phrasal verb with ratchet     /ˈrætʃ.ɪt/ verb
to increase/reduce something over a period of time: The debate should ratchet up awareness of the problem among members of the general public. The government was accused of ratcheting up pressure on the health services. Costs have been ratcheted down by as much as 50 percent since 1999.Increasing and intensifying
(Definition of ratchet sth up/down from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of ratchet sth up/down

Translations of “ratchet sth up/down”

Word of the Day

sail

When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More