ratchet up

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(esp US)
vt sepanheizen (inf); pressureverschärfen; interest rates, rentanheben
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This will also ratchet up the company's contribution to the local market from 10 percent to 21.5 percent, he said.
The Chinese reaction is sure to ratchet up tensions with the Trump administration at the end of a week that saw stock markets rattled by the intensifying trade battle.
RATCHET UP A NOTCH: From that lack of success, we decided we needed to redefine our focus.