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ratchet effect

intermittent growth, increase, expansion, or the like:
the ratchet effect of defense expenditures.
Origin of ratchet effect
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Taking measures to increase safety suffers from the ratchet effect in the same way that technology does.
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British Dictionary definitions for ratchet effect

ratchet effect

(economics) an effect that occurs when a price or wage increases as a result of temporary pressure but fails to fall back when the pressure is removed
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