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adjustable spanner

noun, British
1.
monkey wrench (def 1).

monkey wrench

noun
1.
Also called, especially British, adjustable spanner. a wrench having an adjustable jaw permitting it to grasp nuts or the like of different sizes.
2.
something that interferes with functioning; obstacle:
He threw a monkey wrench into our plans.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60
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British Dictionary definitions for adjustable-spanner

monkey wrench

noun
1.
a wrench with adjustable jaws
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