alligator wrench


: a wrench having a flaring jaw with teeth on one side

Word History


so called from its resemblance to an alligator's jaws

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alligator wrench was in 1879

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“Alligator wrench.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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