- " Suthin' i' the wind out yonder," was his answer: " What's a sloop doing on that ratch so close in by the point? - "The Splendid Spur", Arthur T. Quiller Couch.
- We'll hae to row home now, or ratch out a couple o' miles to fetch in. - "A Poor Man's House", Stephen Sydney Reynolds.
- But they evince no clear- eyed tentative In furtherance of the threat, whose coming off, Ay, years may yet postpone; whereby the Act Will far outstrip him, and the thousands called Duly to join the ranks by its provisions, In process sure, if slow, will ratch the lines Of English regiments- seasoned, cool, resolved- To glorious length and firm prepotency. - "The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes", Thomas Hardy.