throw a monkey wrench in(to) (something)

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throw a monkey wrench in(to) (something)

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

Sabotage or frustrate a project or plans, as in The boss threw a monkey wrench into our plans when he said we'd have to work Saturday. This transfer of industrial sabotage-that is, throwing a tool inside machinery-to other subjects dates from the early 1900s.
See also: monkey, throw, wrench
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THE ARKANSAS COURT OF Appeals certainly threw a monkey wrench into Southwestern Electric Power Co.
Then, earlier this week, trainer Patrick Biancone threw a monkey wrench into the 67th running of the Santa Anita Derby when he decided to save the race's likely favorite and pacesetter, Lion Heart, for the Blue Grass Stakes at speed-favoring Keeneland on April 10.
The Taiwanese data threw a monkey wrench into those deeply held assumptions.
As has happened elsewhere in Latin America in recent years, the birth pangs of emerging democracy threw a monkey wrench into the plans of a foreign company.
Last year the union threw a monkey wrench into the state's next big reform project, a bill like Doran's that would require recertification every five years.
Until the Supreme Court decision threw a monkey wrench into the works, North Carolina Democrats couldn't believe their good fortune.
They kind of threw a monkey wrench into the plan,'' Emmett said.