monkey wrench

noun

Definition of monkey wrench 

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

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

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His trade demand, however, appears to have thrown a monkey wrench into extension talks. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "With Leonard in limbo, Spurs may face franchise-shaping draft night," 20 June 2018 If the intent of the perpetrators is to throw a monkey wrench in U.S. foreign policy and get away with it, so far that mission has been accomplished. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Still Clueless About the Creepy 'Sonic' Attacks in China and Cuba," 7 June 2018 Prepare for your birth plan to get a monkey wrench thrown in it. Jessica Delfino, SELF, "9 Incredible C-Section Stories—and the Scars That Go With Them," 23 May 2018 USA Track & Field throws a monkey wrench into Mt. SAC's plans to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Ducks to keep next week's Pac-12s in mind at Oregon Twilight: Oregon track & field rundown," 3 May 2018 But Cleveland threw a monkey wrench into those plans by selecting cornerback Denzel Ward out of Ohio State, leaving N.C. State edge defender Bradley Chubb on the board at No. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Draft Notes: For Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, the Wait Was Worth It," 27 Apr. 2018 The trunk’s loaded with tools — nails, dynamite, sand, wire cutters, a .30-30 Model 94 and a fine set of monkey wrenches. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Red Caddy," 24 Apr. 2018 The hot trolling bite was tossed a monkey wrench on Thursday, though, as northeast winds provoked small craft warnings on the big waters. cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for March 9: Rivers finally in shape, trout cooperating," 9 Mar. 2018 Similarly, the monkey wrench is more sophisticated than the description of a rum-and-coconut slushy would suggest. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "White Cap brings great cocktails and surfer vibe to the Outer Sunset," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of monkey wrench

circa 1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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monkey wrench

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English Language Learners Definition of monkey wrench

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

monkey wrench

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Kids Definition of monkey wrench

1 : a wrench with one fixed and one adjustable jaw

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

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