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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Readers unfamiliar with Abbey's work will probably want to start with Desert Solitaire or The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Some may fear that the FAR and DFARS will throw in a monkey wrench and slow the entire response to a snail's pace.
Philippon traces the specific influences that Roosevelt's Hunting Trips of a Ranchman had on the founding of the Boone and Crockett Club; Wright's The Friendship of Nature on the National Audubon Society; Muir's The Mountains of California on the Sierra Club; Leopold's A Sand County Almanac on the Wilderness Society; and Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang on Earth First
Imagine a magic monkey wrench that directors could use to tweak their faulty movies (actually, some films - like Batman Begins - could have been improved with a conventional monkey wrench, but that would have involved using one to smash up all the cameras IMMEDIATELY before filming.
A disgraced police motor-cyclist, who hit a schoolboy on the head with a heavy duty monkey wrench in a row over a chair, was ordered to do work in the community yesterday.
A MOTORCYCLE policeman who hit a schoolboy on the head with a monkey wrench in an argument over a chair told a jury of his 'devastation' at the injury he caused.
Labor Party leader Shimon Peres threw a monkey wrench into the nearly completed coalition deal Sunday, demanding to receive the title of Deputy Prime Minister.
It wasn't a spanner that Johnny Faint's dog threw into calculations, more of a monkey wrench, when despite jinking out of the boxes in the second semi, he showed superb pace to lead at the bend and pulled clear of his field to score by over three lengths in 26.
It also throws a monkey wrench into the Catholic Church's main argument against same- sex marriage, namely that such unions are intrinsically non-procreative and thus not subject to divine sanction.
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.