verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of wrench
OTHER WORDS FROM wrenchwrencher, nounwrench·ing·ly, adverboutwrench, verb (used with object)un·wrenched, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wrenchranch, wrench
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Example sentences from the Web for wrench
Still, remdesivir is complicated to make and supplies are limited, so researchers are testing other drugs that might also throw wrenches into the coronavirus’s replication machinery.New treatments aim to treat COVID-19 early, before it gets serious|Tina Hesman Saey|August 24, 2020|Science News
With a wrench thrown into traditional voting procedures because of the coronavirus pandemic, partisans on both sides of the aisle are already tossing around the possibility of a messy election—and perhaps one where one side contests the results.Here’s what could happen to stock markets if the Trump-Biden election results are contested|Anne Sraders|August 18, 2020|Fortune
However, a wrench in the plan would be TikTok’s ad-supported business.‘They got the memo’: Quibi changes tone, tact after failed debut|Tim Peterson|August 12, 2020|Digiday
Though it may not seem like it right now—Covid-19 has thrown a big wrench in all kinds of statistics regarding both the present and the future—human well-being has been on a steady upward trajectory for the past couple decades.This Century Will See Massive Shifts in the Global Population, Economy, and Power Structure|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|July 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
To tune a piano, Mitchell uses a wrench to turn metal tuning pins attached to the strings.
Hillary Clinton, he argues, throws a wrench into the system.
Presently he dropped his hammer, and fussed about for a moment with a tiny wrench.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now the government of President François Hollande is throwing a wrench into the American rush toward peace with Iran.Why France Is to Blame for Blocking the Iran Nuclear Agreement|Christopher Dickey|November 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Factories were hiring anyone who could breathe and turn a wrench.The Federal Government Should Hire the Long-Term Unemployed|Megan McArdle|March 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And you know what could really throw a monkey wrench into the whole effort?
Here the Dimbula shot down a hollow, lying almost on her side—righting at the bottom with a wrench and a spasm.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
It may be that, having made up my mind before leaving England, I accomplished a final wrench and adjustment.
I fancy it was pretty well turned, and that made the wrench during the small hours the more severe.
Let them not seek to wrench the affections from the channel in which they flowed, when fresh from their source.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Presently the cords were tightened, by means of a wrench, without the pressure causing much pain to the young Reformer.Catherine de' Medici|Honore de Balzac
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Word Origin for wrench
Idioms and Phrases with wrench
see throw a monkey wrench.