throw/hurl/toss a monkey wrench into

Definition of throw/hurl/toss a monkey wrench into

US, informal
:to damage or change (something) in a way that ruins it or prevents it from working properly
  • The storm threw a monkey wrench into their plans for a picnic.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

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

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

hurl play
  1. : rush, hurtle

  2. : pitch

  3. : vomit

toss play
  1. : to throw with a quick, light, or careless motion or with a sudden jerk

  2. : to throw up in the air

  3. : match

  1. : an act or instance of tossing: such as

  2. : throw, pitch

  3. : an abrupt tilting or upward fling

monkey play
  1. : a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers

  2. : a person resembling a monkey

  3. : a ludicrous figure : dupe

  1. : mimic, mock

  2. : to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner

  3. : fool, trifle

wrench play
  1. : to move with a violent twist

  2. : to pull or strain at something with violent twisting

  3. : to twist violently

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

  2. : a sharp twist or sudden jerk straining muscles or ligaments

  3. : a distorting or perverting alteration


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