Meaning of RATCHET in English

RATCHET

/ ˈrætʃɪt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

a wheel or bar with teeth along the edge and a metal piece that fits between the teeth, allowing movement in one direction only

■ verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- ratchet (sth) up

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent.: from French rochet , originally denoting a blunt lance head, later in the sense bobbin, ratchet ; related to the base of archaic rock quantity of wool on a distaff for spinning .

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