adjustable-spanner

adjustable spanner

noun British.
monkey wrench ( def 1 ).
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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:
1855–60

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monkey wrench
 
n
a wrench with adjustable jaws

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