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English definition of “ratchet sth up”

ratchet sth up

phrasal verb with ratchet     /ˈrætʃɪt/ verb
to increase something in controlled stages over a period of time: The constant ratcheting up of rewards for executives means they are expanding out of all proportion to those of other staff. ratchet up costs/interest rates ratchet up efforts/pressure/tension
(Definition of ratchet sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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