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ratchet

a steplocking device on surgical instruments. As the handles are closed the jaws are also closed and the ratchet holds them in a locked position. The ratchet consists of a notched bar on each handle, the notches facing and overriding when the handles are closed.
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Gould and Blackie Auger, then co-owners of Washington's Mayflower Hotel, had hired Peebles to ratchet down that assessment too, slicing off more than $11 million.
1% in 2008, reflecting Allergan's ability to ratchet down costs in light of the uncertain macroeconomic environment as well as execute its low-cost manufacturing plan via a new plant capacity in Costa Rica.
The report analyzes recent developments in the transportation sector and presents three scenarios that ratchet down the carbon intensity of transportation fuels 10 percent, to meet the goal of California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard by 2020.
Chocolate diet Compounds in chocolate can ratchet down digestive enzymes that the body relies on to absorb and use fats and carbohydrates (SN Online: 5/9/11).
A prolonged period of yen strength could force big manufacturers to ratchet down their profit outlooks, and a spate of downward revisions would hurt sentiment already fragile due to fears about the economic outlook in Japan's key export markets.
They might have to ratchet down their rhetoric a bit and explain why they are there.
The limit would begin in 2012 and ratchet down annually.
It's infuriating to think that climate change could work so powerfully in the opposite direction, when the American government was scrambling to ratchet down tensions," Kerry added.
The upcoming talks seek to continue the June negotiations and further ratchet down military tensions.
G4S holds the key to raising wages and conditions for Indian security workers or to ratchet down standards and deepen the country's poverty.
Some 25 years ago, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (publisher of Nutrition Action Healthletter) urged the Food and Drug Administration to ratchet down sodium levels.
Marconi appeared to have averted a full-scale default on its debts after crisis talks with its banks which came after Marconi triggered panic in the equity and debt markets by rejecting plans to ratchet down its loan conditions.