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"ratchet" in British English

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ratchetnoun [C]

uk   /ˈrætʃ.ɪt/  us   /ˈrætʃ.ɪt/
(Definition of ratchet from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ratchet" in American English

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ratchetverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈrætʃ·ɪt/
to change an activity, amount, or feeling by degrees: [I] Interest rates always ratchet down in an election year. [M] Critics are trying to ratchet up public pressure on lawmakers.
(Definition of ratchet from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ratchet" in Business English

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ratchetnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈrætʃɪt/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET an arrangement by which managers are given increasing numbers of shares in a company in relation to increases in its profits or success: The sale has been rewarding for the chief executive, whose original 20% stake grew to 30% under a ratchet arrangement.
PRODUCTION a part of a machine that allows controlled movement in one direction only
a system that controls activity: Tightening the interest-rate ratchet to control inflation would risk tipping the economy into a nasty downturn.
(Definition of ratchet from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ratchet”
in Chinese (Simplified) 棘轮,棘齿…
in Chinese (Traditional) 棘輪,棘齒…
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“ratchet” in Business English

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