throw a wrench into the works

Definition of throw a wrench into the works

US, informal

  1. :  to damage or change (something) in a way that ruins it or prevents it from working properly We were going to renew our lease, but the landlord threw a wrench into the works by increasing the rent.

Word by Word Definitions

throwplay
  1. :  to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

    :  to propel through the air in any manner

    :  pitch

  1. :  an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

    :  an act of throwing dice

    :  the number thrown with a cast of dice

wrenchplay
  1. :  to move with a violent twist

    :  to undergo twisting

    :  to pull or strain at something with violent twisting

  1. :  a violent twisting or a pull with or as if with twisting

    :  a sharp twist or sudden jerk straining muscles or ligaments

    :  the resultant injury (as of a joint)

workplay works
  1. :  activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something:

    :  sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result

    :  the labor, task, or duty that is one's accustomed means of livelihood

  1. :  used for work

    :  suitable or styled for wear while working

    :  involving or engaged in work

  1. :  to bring to pass :  effect

    :  to fashion or create a useful or desired product by expending labor or exertion on :  forge, shape

    :  to make or decorate with needlework


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