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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 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.
Translations of “ratchet sth up/down”
in Chinese (Traditional) 逐步增加/減少…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逐步增加/减少…
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