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- n. Alternative form of monkey wrench.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mech., a screw-key with a movable jaw, which can be adjusted, by a screw or wedge, to the size of the nut which it is required to turn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw
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His life was luxurious yet humble, and when he's thrown the mother of all curve balls -- more of a monkey-wrench -- he has to face a hard life while still being surrounded by an idyllic setting and more money than he can shake a stick at.
It's just that it can have an insidious way of throwing a monkey-wrench in my initial plans for a story.
The obligatory monkey-wrench comes in the form of the apparent resurrection of Blackwood from the grave and a new plot to bring London to its knees.
But the no-deals ultimatum coming from the activists could throw a serious monkey-wrench into what appear to be fast-moving negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders to keep the government running past March 4, when the current budget resolution expires.
Bernie Sanders is crazy – socialists generally are – but if he can throw a monkey-wrench into the Democrats health-care welfare idiocy, great.
For fear that he might drop the monkey-wrench he made it fast to his wrist with his handkerchief.
With him he carried the monkey-wrench and short iron bar and a few spare feet of rope.
In the tool-box by the drum he found an old monkey-wrench and a short bar of iron, also a coil of fairly new Manila rope.
He went below with a monkey-wrench, unscrewed the nut, and let the hook drop off.
Allowing the monkey-wrench tactics to succeed in stalling things OTOH has only reinforced the seeming soundness of every GOP rep and Senator stubbornly sticking to that strategy, to make Obama FAIL.