Ratchet is not a word I recall having in my vocabulary a few years ago. I probably knew that a ratchet was a sort of wheel with teeth or tool that was used to tighten slowly or increase pressure.
Now ratchet up seems to be very much in vogue.
After the Manchester bombing police are ratcheting up security.
It means to increase bit by bit by small regular amounts. Sounds a bit like torture!
The opposition is ratcheting up the pressure on the President over the loans scandal.
Of course, it reminds us of Nurse Ratched, in the acclaimed film One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, who was the stereotype of a mean wicked psychiatric nurse.
Have you been ratcheting up your spending on goodies this year?