One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘these divides are threatening to put a spanner in the works of the European constitutional project’
interfere, interfere with, hinder, hamper, obstruct, disrupt, impede, inhibit, retard, baulk, thwart, foil, curb, delay, set back, slow down, hold back, hold up
restrict, restrain, constrain, block, check, curtail, frustrate, cramp, bridle, handicap, cripple, hamstring, shackle, fetter, encumber
North American bork, put a monkey wrench in the works of, throw a monkey wrench in the works of
rare cumber, trammel
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