monkey wrench


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monkey wrench

1. A type of wrench that has adjustable jaws. Pass me that monkey wrench, will you? I need to get a hold of this nut here.
2. Something that causes problems or disruptions. Ellen's flight getting delayed really threw a monkey wrench into our plans for the day. This rain has sure put a monkey wrench into our pool party!
See also: monkey, wrench
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Monkey wrenches can be seized, but they can also be dropped from the guest list.
Readers unfamiliar with Abbey's work will probably want to start with Desert Solitaire or The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Even though we plan and have good procedures in place, something is going to go out of control and throw a monkey wrench into our efforts.
But turning in incomplete assemblies throws a monkey wrench in their plan.
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!
(8) Supra note 1 at 303, 311-312 ("However, modern technology has tossed another monkey wrench into the evidentiary gearbox.
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.
Any affirmative action by the Coast Guard on the Fall River petition could throw a major monkey wrench not only into the Weaver's Cove project, but other prospective LNG terminals as well.
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.
Having a star injured during a shoot always throws a monkey wrench into production, but the degree of the headache for studios and producers varies widely.
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 26.77sec.
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.