Kids who double deposit throw a wrench into the delicate science of projecting incoming class size.
Hillary Clinton, he argues, throws a wrench into the system.
Should we see David Lee (Zach Grenier) as the wrench in the works at Lockhart & Associates?
The Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator spits out choices like wrench, Camp, and Trout.
Even one minor glitch and the machine could wrench itself out of his control.
He knew that it would be a wrench definitely excluding Bob from the team, and he hated to have to do it.
S'pose that fellar should rise up, an' wrench off them bars!
Then, as he took a step forward to check on Calat's condition, she backed off slightly, half lifting the wrench again.
Abruptly she fell on her knees, caught his hand and kissed it before he could wrench it from her.
It seemed to Archie that he himself could wrench the bars away with his hands; but he found that he could not when he tried them.
Old English wrencan "to twist," from Proto-Germanic *wrankijanan (cf. Old High German renken, German renken "to twist, wrench," Old English wringan "to wring"), from PIE *wreng- "to turn" (cf. Sanskrit vrnakti "turns, twists," Lithuanian rengtis "to grow crooked, to writhe"), nasalized variant of *werg- "to turn" (cf. Latin vergere "to turn, tend toward"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Related: Wrenched, wrenching.
Old English wrenc "a twisting, artifice, trick;" see wrench (v.). The meaning "tool with jaws for turning" is first recorded 1794.