ratchet sth up/down Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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ratchet sth up/down

phrasal verb with ratchet uk   us   /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 ​generalpublic. The ​government was ​accused of ratcheting up ​pressure on the ​healthservices. Costs have been ratcheted down by as much as 50 ​percent since 1999.
(Definition of ratchet sth up/down from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ratchet sth up/down”
in Chinese (Simplified) 逐步增加/减少…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逐步增加/減少…
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