Student or Learner
Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
"The Iranian regime understands that matters will be ratcheted up if they are unable to reach an agreement and they are aware that, irrespective of all factors, the likelihood of military confrontation is a very real possibility."
ratchet up = move by degrees in one direction only; to increase, or make something increase, repeatedly and by small amounts; widen; broaden
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