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Definition of ratchet verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ratchet

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈrætʃɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætʃɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ratchet
BrE BrE//ˈrætʃɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætʃɪt//
 
he / she / it ratchets
BrE BrE//ˈrætʃɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætʃɪts//
 
past simple ratcheted
BrE BrE//ˈrætʃɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætʃɪtɪd//
 
past participle ratcheted
BrE BrE//ˈrætʃɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætʃɪtɪd//
 
-ing form ratcheting
BrE BrE//ˈrætʃɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrætʃɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from French rochet, originally denoting a blunt lance head, later in the sense ‘bobbin, ratchet’; related to the base of archaic rock ‘quantity of wool on a distaff for spinning’. Phrasal Verbsratchet (something)up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ratchet

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