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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Philippon contends that The Monkey Wrench Gang, a novel that appeared in 1975, and an earlier piece of fiction, Desert Solitaire, contain a utopian narrative that had a profound impact on Earth First
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.
Abbey is best known for two books, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness and The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Now any board can launch an arbitrary attack and monkey wrench you back to the table.
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This work, along with the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), which recounts the exploits of a band of guerrilla environmentalists, became virtual handbooks of the environmental movement.
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The obvious reference is to the mechanic who was said to fix equipment by one of three methods: hit it with a hammer, tighten it with a monkey wrench or grease it as heavily as possible.
But then again, when something is good, people are always gonna try to find something wrong with it and try to throw a monkey wrench in there somewhere.
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