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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Someone described it as a ratchet that you can't ratchet down - but we want to take the tension out of it.
I assume he meant there are times when Catholics should ratchet down the noise of their arguments and opt for a calmer, more mannerly (read: academic) approach.
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.
1, but all the talk and high-profile politicking was supposed to have sent a message to Marylanders that it is time to ratchet down on the violence.
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.
He pointed to an offer made on Wednesday by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to her Indian counterpart for talks to ratchet down the tension.
The act proposes that the federal government pick up the full cost of the expansion from 2014 to 2016 and then ratchet down to 90 percent in 2022.
Beijing public safety authorities on Wednesday appealed to citizens via a mass text message not to stage anti-Japan rallies in an apparent attempt to ratchet down anti-Japan sentiment that boiled over in recent days, according to the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.
Having served Greater Boston for 120 years, today its niche is preparing evidence-based nursing leaders with 21st century health care skills--the kind of better practices and just-in-time solutions that can ratchet down costs and increase quality of care.