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  • verb ratcheting


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  • She had been newly sheathed with copper, and when she heeled over from the breeze as she stretched through the winding reaches of the river the metal shone like gold above the wool-white line of foam through which the cutter washed, and lazy men in barges would turn their heads to admire her, and red-capped cooks in the cabooses of "ratching" colliers would step to the rail to look, and sometimes a party of gay and gallant Cockneys, male and female, taking their pleasure in a wherry, would salute the passing _Tom Bowling_ with a flourish of hands and pocket handkerchiefs.

    The Honour of the Flag

  • Do I detect that this is an issue which Plaid seem to be ratching up a gear on in recent weeks with Dai Lloyd's activity recently as mentioned on your blog Ordovicius?


  • Of course here in New Orleans, god shows us we shouldn't be here starting in May by ratching up the temp and the humidity.

    Pre-Production Day 2

  • While ratching its own military spending to new and lofty heights, the White House decries modest increases in military spending by Russia and China.

    The Irrational Voice

  • One way we're ratching up the service we provide is through the use of Lean Six Sigma tools.

    The Customer Connection: Strategies for Winning and Keeping Customers

  • More importantly, the establishment of this and other agencies marks a significant ratching up of the integration process, a deliberate move intended to increase the visibility of "Europe" by ensuring that obscure technocratic functions are given a specific, high profile European identity.

    The march of integration

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 02:21 PM as for ratching it up, as you say roger simon does, i refer you, readers, to the ann coulter horrorshow.

    The Big Fix

  • By this time, the _Maggie_ was within a hundred yards of the distressed bark and was ratching slowly backward and forward before her.

    Captain Scraggs or, The Green-Pea Pirates

  • Daniels, the two cowboys and Mike Murphy joined him; whereupon Terence took one pair of oars, while Murphy handled the other, and the boat crept out from the steamer and headed directly for the submarine, which had been ratching backward and forward under a dead-slow bell, watching the towering black hulk of the _Narcissus_ rolling idly.

    Cappy Ricks Retires

  • The _Polly's_ galley was entirely hidden under a deckload of shingles and laths in bunches; the after-house was broad and loomed high above the rail in contrast to the mere cubbies which were provided for the other fore-and-afters in the flotilla which came ratching in toward Saturday Cove.

    Blow The Man Down A Romance Of The Coast - 1916


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