monkey wrench


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monkey wrench

a wrench with adjustable jaws

monkey wrench

[′məŋ·kē ‚rench]
(design engineering)
A wrench having one jaw fixed and the other adjustable, both of which are perpendicular to a straight handle.

monkey wrench

monkey wrench
A wrench having one jaw fixed and the other jaw (which is adjusted by a screw) movable.
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The schoolboy had admitted picking up the foot-long monkey wrench and tapping Jones on the leg with it, but it had eventually been used on him.
The teenager then picked up a one-foot long monkey wrench and tapped Jones on the leg with it.
Of course, there were those Nervous Nellies who insisted on pointing out that the economy is still shaky and that the "geopolitical situation" (a euphemism for war on Iraq) might throw a monkey wrench into things.
Better that than pay pounds 45 an hour for some lying, cheating, useless wassock who claims to be a plumber, but wouldn't know a monkey wrench from a hole in the ground.
If I can't scare cash from the ashen crew, this monkey wrench has scratch to back my business.
Now any board can launch an arbitrary attack and monkey wrench you back to the table.
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The exception is a relatively stolid institutional scene, into which the UCLA Hammer Museum, long a venue for sprawling, mostly so-so group shows, has unexpectedly thrown a monkey wrench.
As has happened elsewhere in Latin America in recent years, the birth pangs of emerging democracy threw a monkey wrench into the plans of a foreign company.
Just as importantly, these efforts have thrown a monkey wrench into Pat Robertson's political machine.
Fortunately for physicians, we finally have a 21st century monkey wrench in the form of hand-held computers.
Sometimes--in the throes of an Expo In Print deadline when advertorial materials are late and eleventh hour requests for "minor" changes throw a monkey wrench into plans to leave the office while it's still light outside--it's hard to remember the reasons we're here.