spanner

noun
span·​ner | \ ˈspa-nər How to pronounce spanner (audio) \

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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Examples of spanner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, Juventus could wait until the summer and sign Eriksen for free, which may put a spanner in the works. SI.com, "Tottenham Set to Reignite Interest in Juventus Star Paulo Dybala Ahead of January Bid," 5 Sep. 2019 Now, the recent spate of deaths could well put another spanner in TikTok’s India works. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Indians are going too far for thrilling TikTok videos that can go viral," 21 Aug. 2019 The report claims that monied PSG's interest could be a spanner in the works for Spurs, who will have to offer big to stay competitive in the race for the 22-year-old. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Delph Departing City, Ndombele to PSG, Lukaku to Spain(?) & More," 22 June 2019 The seizure of the Grace 1 threw a spanner in the works, not least because Britain was prodded into action by American intelligence. The Economist, "What Britain’s release of an Iranian tanker says about its post-Brexit foreign policy," 22 Aug. 2019 Other new rules limiting the number of new factories in a province mean Tesla’s factory has put a spanner in the works for local manufacturers who were also hoping to set up near one of the country’s most important cities for EV sales. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s breaking up the EV battery monopoly it carefully created," 25 June 2019 But Trump threw spanners into that uncertain transition Britain now faces. Ciara Nugent, Time, "President Trump Praises U.K.'s Theresa May and Says Brexit 'Would Be Good for the Country'," 4 June 2019 While the third movie was a distinct possibility at one point, the feud between Kim Cattrall and SJP has thrown a major spanner in the works since. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sarah Jessica Parker is Bringing Back Carrie Bradshaw for a Mystery Cause With a "Great Brand"," 21 Jan. 2019 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

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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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