ratchet down

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Verb1.ratchet down - 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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Since Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Asif Zardari do at least agree that the ballot box is sacred and the electoral process paramount, can they and their parties not find a way to ratchet down campaign-related tensions?
Environmental Protection Administrator Scott Pruitt this week expressing opposition to the potential repeal of the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era plan to ratchet down planet-warming carbon emissions.
So the bear behavioral intelligence system evolved to ratchet down dramatically, and they sleep through the winter.
March 19, 2016 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government claimed on Saturday that the government of neigbouring Sudan intends to abrogate the cooperation agreement which the two sides had signed in 2012 to ratchet down tensions between the two countries.
Kim Jong-Un has a choice he can make, which he clearly seems unwilling to make, which is to ratchet down the tension on the peninsula, to focus his resources and energy on the people of North Korea and on peace and security there in the region, rather than trying to up the ante with these kinds of comments," he said.
Still, its nobler aspirations are ultimately drowned out by its chronic hysteria, as if somebody didn't trust the show (or the audience) to ratchet down the volume long enough to have a genuinely earnest moment.
Someone described it as a ratchet that you can't ratchet down - but we want to take the tension out of it.
The law barred FDA from outright blocking the sale of cigarettes, but the agency was free to take such pivotal steps as prohibiting the use of appealing menthol flavoring in cigarettes and requiring cigarette makers to ratchet down the amount of addictive nicotine in each smoke.
With many fearing an upsurge in conflict in Afghanistan after Western forces pull out next year, it is even more important for India and Pakistan to ratchet down tension, according to some analysts.
The rupee slid after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday that the Fed could begin to ratchet down its key stimulus programme later this year, signalling a growing confidence in the US economy.
We are constantly looking for ways to drive our spend into mobile and ratchet down our spend into desktop.
In the new study, researchers found that children exposed to high levels of PAHs had poorly functioning T-regulatory cells, or T-regs, which normally ratchet down immune-caused inflammation as needed.