monkey wrench

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monkey wrench

monkey wrench

1. A hand tool with adjustable jaws for turning nuts of varying sizes.
2. Informal Something that disrupts: He threw a monkey wrench into our plans.

[Origin unknown.]

monkey wrench

(Tools) a wrench with adjustable jaws

mon′key wrench`

1. a wrench having an adjustable jaw for grasping nuts of different sizes.
2. something that interferes.

Monkey wrench

One of the few types of wrenches found on most early-twentieth-century farms. Its jaws were at right angles to the handle. One jaw was adjustable. The other, much heavier and at the end of the handle, was often used as a hammer. Charles Moncky apparently invented the wrench sometime before 1860.
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Noun1.Monkey wrench - adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jawmonkey wrench - adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw
adjustable spanner, adjustable wrench - an adjustable tool for gripping hexagonal nuts, with an adjustings crew in the head of the implement
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