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monkey wrench

noun

Simple Definition of monkey wrench

  • : a wrench that can be adjusted to grip or turn things of different sizes

Full Definition of monkey wrench

  1. 1 :  a wrench with one fixed and one adjustable jaw at right angles to a straight handle

  2. 2 :  something that disrupts <threw a monkey wrench into the peace negotiations>

Illustration of monkey wrench

Circa 1807

First Known Use of monkey wrench

circa 1807


MONKEY WRENCH Defined for Kids

monkey wrench

noun

Definition of monkey wrench

  1. 1 :  a wrench with one fixed and one adjustable jaw

  2. 2 :  something that disrupts <The storm threw a monkey wrench into our plans.>





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