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An adjustable spanner with large jaws that has its adjusting screw located in the jaw that is fixed.
spanner, adjustable spannerView synonyms
- ‘He went for his victim with a monkey wrench, and was only stopped when a passing van driver saw what was happening.’
- ‘They smashed the passenger window with a monkey wrench, hit the 53-year-old driver on the arm and grabbed the parcels from the back of the van.’
- ‘They taught me how to work the wrench, the monkey wrench, so I kind of had to do a bit of training, to be honest with you.’
- ‘Called a bobbejaan spanner in this country, it's referred to as a monkey wrench in other parts of the English-speaking world.’
- ‘Then he turned back to his motorcycle, while I wiped away my tears and retrieved his monkey wrench.’
- ‘Your great-Uncle Jack, inventor of the left-handed monkey wrench, left you $250,000.’
- ‘‘Maybe,’ replied Adam, with a loud grunt as he turned the monkey wrench one last time.’
- ‘It wasn't a monkey wrench like the cops thought, but in fact it was a gasfitter's wrench and it was that long.’
- ‘He hid there while the other man used a monkey wrench to smash his car windows, causing £2,500 damage, before getting back into his car and driving off at speed.’
- ‘Today he described how he tried to fight off the carjackers as they battered him with a monkey wrench.’
- ‘In July, three masked robbers threatened security guards with a monkey wrench and a shotgun before stealing cash from the bank.’
- ‘Consider a multi-wrench for those all-purpose jobs, but also add a pipe wrench, a spud wrench, strap and chain wrench, and a monkey wrench.’
- ‘The constable paused to grab a heavy monkey wrench and he put it back down and pulled out the far shorter regulation truncheon.’
- ‘If you ask that one more time, I will have to bludgeon you with a monkey wrench.’
- ‘Last, but not least, what tool kit is not complete without a monkey wrench.’
- ‘Our first mistake inside the roof was to drop the monkey wrench.’
- ‘Two masked men dragged the insurance broker from his car and battered him on the head with a monkey wrench in an attempt to steal his car.’
- ‘Ben turned just in time to get a monkey wrench to the head.’
Sabotage (something), especially as a form of protest.‘they will spike trees and monkeywrench any attempts to log in wilderness areas’‘the five defendants received jail sentences for monkey-wrenching’
- ‘For years, they were seen as the power behind attempted monkey-wrenching to the state's environmental laws and its stiff anti-corporate farming law.’
- ‘This film is the director's latest nonchalant monkey-wrenching of reality, and is no different than his previous work.’
- ‘More than a narrative of organizing, demonstrating and monkey-wrenching, it places Earth First!’
- ‘‘They would have let me out after a month if I'd expressed remorse,’ he says, ‘but we couldn't let them think jailing me would stop monkey-wrenching.’’
a monkey wrench in the works
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- ‘That will only make you a pest to your colleagues and employers, and a monkey wrench in the works of the publishing process.’
- ‘Jackie threw a monkey wrench into the works.’
- ‘To be anti-science is to throw a monkey wrench into the scientific method; it is to be a hypocrite in our technological world.’
- ‘The way they are going about it is going to throw a huge monkey wrench into the treaty process.’
- ‘This throws a monkey wrench in the works as far as political loyalties go.’
- ‘Then, a political monkey wrench was thrown into the works.’
- ‘I think it will throw a monkey wrench into the treaty process, which is already questionable as it is.’
- ‘Are you trying to throw a monkey wrench in the works to get out of helping us’?’
- ‘When the market for high tech stocks crashed last April, that put a monkey wrench in their plans.’
- ‘So they threw a monkey wrench of sorts into the project.’
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