monkey wrenchmonkey wrench
a wrench with one movable jaw, adjusted by a screw to fit various sizes of a nut, etc.
monkey wrench Idioms
throw a monkey wrench into
Informal to disrupt or prevent the orderly functioning or realization of; sabotage
- A hand tool with adjustable jaws for turning nuts of varying sizes.
- Informal Something that disrupts: He threw a monkey wrench into our plans.
Origin of monkey wrenchOrigin unknown
(plural monkey wrenches)
- Alternative form of monkey wrench.