rachet up

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Verb1.rachet up - move by degrees in one direction only; "a ratcheting lopping tool"
advance, march on, move on, progress, pass on, go on - move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"
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THE signing of Ian Turner last season was a "kick up the bum" for Conan Byrne, so the arrival of a couple of new strikers will really rachet up the competition for places at Richmond Park.
The US Senate Banking Committee during last week sanctioned a measure that would rachet up sanctions on Iran in the event of the talks hitting an impasse.
A military official said armed relatives of one of the kidnapped workers threatened the family of an Abu Sayyaf militant, helping to rachet up pressure on the kidnappers.