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.

Phrases and idioms:

a spanner in the works Brit. colloq. a drawback or impediment.

Etymology: G spannen draw tight: see SPAN(2)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.