58. Ratcheting up on tools

You have no clue what a ratchet is, what it is used for, and what “ratcheting up” means? Just listen to this Toolbox full words like French key, hammer, saw, axe and lots of others that are useful for home improvement and metaphorical expression.

Interactive Tools Vocabulary
Hover the mouse over a tool to see its name and click it to hear how it is pronounced.

Zero derivation or Conversion
A short article on the linguistic phenomenon of zero derviation; e.g. having a verb derived from a noun without any changes.

The Wikipedia article on hammers contains many more interesting details on that common tool. See also the gallery of different types of hammers and mallets found here.

to ax sth.
An explanatory entry from the Merriam-Webster Learners' Dictionary

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