Meaning of SPANNER in English

SPANNER

n. 1 Brit. an instrument for turning or gripping a nut on a screw etc. (cf. WRENCH). 2 the cross-brace of a bridge etc. a spanner in the works Brit. colloq. a drawback or impediment.

[ G spannen draw tight: see SPAN(2) ]

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