put a spoke in (one's) wheel

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put a spoke in (one's) wheel

To disrupt, foil, or cause problems to someone's plan, activity, or project. I had everything in line for the party, but having the caterer cancel on me at the last minute really put a spoke in my wheel. It will really put a spoke in our wheel if the board decides not to increase our funding for this project.
See also: put, spoke, wheel

put a spoke in someone's wheel

mainly BRITISH
If you put a spoke in someone's wheel, you deliberately do something which spoils their plans. She was just jealous of your relationship with Pippa and couldn't resist putting a spoke in your wheel. Note: Cartwheels used to be made of solid wood, with holes in them through which a wooden bar or `spoke' could be pushed in order to make the cart slow down or stop.
See also: put, spoke, wheel