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ra chuht

  • n  mechanical device consisting of a toothed wheel or rack engaged with a pawl that permits it to move in only one direction
  • v  move by degrees in one direction only
    a ratcheting lopping tool

  • Rather, they were learning to ratchet up their anger and yet keep it secret from everyone else -- until the day they had to turn it on full blast.
  • And if that law were to be invalidated, California officials will face yet a new challenge: finding other ways to ratchet back emissions to meet the new overall limits it has just .
  • So, we have to ratchet up the economic pressures on the Iranians.
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  • NBA Finals 2013: Players Who Must Step Up in Game 5
    The San Antonio Spurs were stunned in Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals , as the home team couldn ’t find a way to get into rhythm on offense and was punished on the defensive end by the Miami Heat. Now that the series is tied at two games apiece, expect the intensity to ratchet up quite a bit. This best-of-seven has been reduced to a best-of-three, with the side that backs down first in Game 5 ...
    June 15, 2013 - Bleacher Report
  • Watch: We Have No Idea What Chief Keef Is Saying In His 'No Reason' Video
    In his new video for "No Reason," the prince of Chicago and ratchet bastion Chief Keef stands around clutching a styrofoam cup, exhaling marijuana smoke and looking generally dazed and confused—all of which we've come to expect from the pre-legal GBE frontman. But what we didn't (entirely) anticipate is a lethargic barrage of words(?) and sounds that are pretty much incomprehensible. Perhaps ...
    June 14, 2013 - Vibe Magazine
  • Sudan, South Sudan called upon to reduce tensions
    WASHINGTON, Del., June 14 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers of Norway, the United States and the United Kingdom, in a joint statement Friday, urged Sudan and South Sudan to ratchet down border tensions.
    June 14, 2013 - UPI

  • Tony Blair in France24
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair told parliament: "It is now time to ratchet up the diplomatic and international pressure" on Tehran.
  • Adm William Fallon in Forbes
    The Revolutionary Guards have been the actors exporting trouble in the region,said Fallon. "If they intend to increase tension or ratchet up the level of confrontation, these are the guys who are going to do it. The Iranian Navy has been...
  • Dan Radakovich in ESPN
    We've been very consistent with wins and losses,said Radakovich, who's in his second year as AD and inherited Gailey from the previous regime. "I want to be able to ratchet that up, take the next step."

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