monkey-wrench

[ muhng-kee-rench ]
/ ˈmʌŋ kiˌrɛntʃ /

verb (used with object)

to ruin (plans, a schedule, etc.) unavoidably or, sometimes, deliberately: The storm monkey-wrenched our plans for a picnic.

verb (used without object)

to prevent, delay, or sabotage industrialization or development of wilderness areas, especially through vandalism.

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monkey wrench

noun

Also called, especially British, adjustable spanner. a wrench having an adjustable jaw permitting it to grasp nuts or the like of different sizes.
something that interferes with functioning; obstacle: He threw a monkey wrench into our plans.

Origin of monkey wrench

First recorded in 1855–60
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British Dictionary definitions for monkey-wrench

monkey wrench

noun

a wrench with adjustable jaws
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