Meaning of SPANNER in English




A ~ is a metal tool whose end fits round a nut so that you can turn it to loosen or tighten it. (mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use wrench , monkey wrench )



If someone throws a ~ in the works, they prevent something happening smoothly in the way that it was planned, by causing a problem or difficulty. (BRIT; in AM, use throw a wrench , throw a monkey wrench )

A bad result is sure to throw a ~ in the works.

PHRASE: V inflects

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