monkey-wrench

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

[muhng-kee-rench]
verb (used with object)
1.
to ruin (plans, a schedule, etc.) unavoidably or, sometimes, deliberately: The storm monkey-wrenched our plans for a picnic.
verb (used without object)
2.
to prevent, delay, or sabotage industrialization or development of wilderness areas, especially through vandalism.

monkey-wrencher, noun
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monkey wrench
 
n
a wrench with adjustable jaws

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