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The jaws were fixed so that the opening between them was V-shaped. The inside surfaces along the V were serrated so that, in principle, any size nut could be slid along the V until the serrations on each side could grip it. In practice, the wrench really did not work and was generally quickly discarded.
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|Noun||1.||alligator wrench - a wrench with a v-shaped jaw and serrations on one side (resembles the open jaws of an alligator)|
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