Examples from the Web for spanner
The Daily Pic: Her "appropriations" of August Sander throw a spanner in art's works.
And the spanner went down as if Neptune were rebuking the seas.
I had t' show ye that no spanner ever bothered Mike Bannock.
Lying on the plates is the spanner which must have spun from his hand as he fell to destruction.An Ocean Tramp|William McFee
Norton raised the spanner, and, dizzy as he was, faced this seafaring Hercules courageously.
Egbert flung down a spanner, and turned to her the most astonished face in the world.A Popular Schoolgirl|Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for spanner
Word Origin for spanner
Word Origin and History for spanner
1630s, a tool for winding the spring of a wheel-lock firearm, from German Spanner, from spannen (see span (v.)). Meaning "wrench" is from 1790. Figurative phrase spanner in the works attested from 1921 (Wodehouse).