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throw a spanner in(to) the works

To disrupt, foil, or cause problems to a plan, activity, or project. Primarily heard in UK. We had everything in line for the party, but having the caterer cancel on us at the last minute really threw a spanner in the works! It'll really throw a spanner into the works if the board decides not to increase our funding for this project.
See also: spanner, throw, work

a spanner in the works

Something that disrupts, foils, or causes problems to a plan, activity, or project. Primarily heard in UK. We had everything in line for the party, but having the caterer cancel on us at the last minute really threw a spanner in the works! It'll really put a spanner in the works if the board decides not to increase our funding for this project.
See also: spanner, work

put a spanner in(to) the works

To disrupt, foil, or cause problems to a plan, activity, or project. Primarily heard in UK. We had everything in line for the party, but having the caterer cancel on us at the last minute really put a spanner in the works! It will really put a spanner into the works if the board decides not to increase our funding for this project.
See also: put, spanner, work

throw a spanner in the works

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put a spanner in the works

BRITISH
COMMON If someone or something throws a spanner in the works or puts a spanner in the works, they cause problems which prevent something from happening in the way that it was planned. If they're suddenly going to change the arrangement, it's going to throw a spanner in the works. It is clear Britain could have put a spanner in the works of the contract. Note: You can also just talk about a spanner in the works, meaning `a problem that prevents something from happening the way that it was planned'. Another possible spanner in the works is the weather, which may prevent us from travelling on the 18th. Note: The usual American expression is throw a wrench into the works or throw a monkey wrench into the works.
See also: spanner, throw, work

a spanner in the works

an event, person, or thing that prevents the smooth or successful implementation of a plan; a drawback or impediment.
A variant, found chiefly in North American English, is a monkey wrench in the works , a monkey wrench being a spanner or wrench with adjustable jaws: to throw a spanner (or a monkey wrench ) into the works is to deliberately wreck someone's plans or activities. In his 1974 novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey used this as a metaphor for systematic industrial sabotage, and monkey-wrenching is now a colloquial term for such activity.
1997 Spectator Pretty well all the newspapers…are now adversarial in tone, conceiving their basic purpose as throwing spanners in the works almost as a matter of principle.
See also: spanner, work

put/throw a ˈspanner in the works

(British English) (American English throw a (ˈmonkey) ˈwrench in the works) (informal) spoil or prevent the success of somebody’s plan, idea, etc: Let’s get this finished before the boss comes along and throws a spanner in the works.
A spanner or wrench is a metal tool used for fastening things tightly. The works are the moving parts of a machine.
See also: put, spanner, throw, work
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Rory Stockbridge of the AA's research division measured all the 10, 13 and 17mm spanners to ensure they were correct.
There was a good selection of correctly-sized spanners.
With 24 spanners, this was the largest set we tested.
We liked the matt satin finish and overall build quality, but would have preferred the sizes to be marked on both sides of the spanners rather than one, and stamped instead of printed.
Although quite short, the spanners had an impressive yield torque figure of 190Nm.
Despite being cheaper than the Expert set from the same company, these tools also featured Hi-Torq ring ends, which are kinder to both spanners and fasteners as they drive off the flats rather than the corners.
As with the other Kamasa sets, the spanners in this one had their sizes marked only at one end and on one side.
So we compared our test sets according to their price per spanner, although this was balanced against other factors, particularly the lab tests.
We then exceeded that figure to simulate typical misuse, noting whether or not the spanner began to fail gradually rather than snap without warning.
The design and quality seemed average and the lengths were standard, so it was quite a surprise when the 13mm spanner did not start to give until 271Nm.