spanner

noun
span·​ner | \ ˈspa-nər \

Definition of spanner

1 chiefly British : wrench
2 : a wrench that has a hole, projection, or hook at one or both ends of the head for engaging with a corresponding device on the object that is to be turned

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Peter Gordon’s glossy restaurant atop Auckland’s Sky Tower, The Sugar Club, offers several options: spanner crab, crayfish linguine, monkfish, and Mount Cook Salmon (something that is carried through to his menus designed for Air New Zealand). Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 But a 2012 paper revisiting the paradox threw yet another spanner into the works. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Stephen Hawking’s final paper published, tackles famous paradox," 11 Oct. 2018 And Heigl’s character Samantha Wheeler, a powerhouse attorney with cockiness and ambition to match Harvey Specter's, is already throwing a compelling spanner into the show’s familiar dynamics. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katherine Heigl Talks the Powerful Women of Suits and Aging in Hollywood," 3 Aug. 2018 This has thrown a spanner in the works for many fans as it was expected that Borussia Dortmund talisman Marco Reus would start instead of Draxler this weekend, with Özil expected to slot it behind star striker Timo Werner. SI.com, "Arsenal Attacker Mesut Ozil Set to Be Dropped by Germany Ahead of World Cup Opener With Mexico," 17 June 2018 The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at Besiktas from Benfica, and have an option to buy Talisca for just €21m - which could throw a spanner in the works of other clubs' plans to make a summer swoop. SI.com, "Liverpool Targeting Brazil Star to Feature Alongside Roberto Firmino at Anfield," 23 Mar. 2018 One detail that could throw a spanner in the works, however, is that Inter need to balance their books to get in line with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules ahead of a possible return to the Champions League next term. SI.com, "Manchester United 'Demanding' £35m for Outcast Mkhitaryan as Inter Eye January Swoop," 19 Dec. 2017 Darren Fletcher's first goal for the Potters consigned the Hornets to a third league defeat of the season and put a spanner in the works of their impressive early season form. SI.com, "Watford Boss Silva Left Frustrated by Overall Team Performance in 1-0 Loss to Stoke," 29 Oct. 2017 Yet a further spanner in the works is that it has also been highlighted that Sanchez may actually refuse to leave in January. SI.com, "Arsenal Will 'Listen to Bids' for Alexis Sanchez in January After Questions Over Commitment," 26 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of spanner

circa 1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spanner

German, instrument for winding springs, from spannen to stretch; akin to Middle Dutch spannen to stretch — more at span

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