a monkey wrench in the works


a monkey wrench in the works
a monkey wrench in the works (or schedule, plan, etc.)
a person or thing that prevents the successful implementation of a plan

even he couldn't throw a monkey wrench into the works | a cancellation can throw a real monkey wrench into the schedule


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • a monkey wrench in the works — North American term for a spanner in the works (see spanner). → monkey wrench …   English new terms dictionary

  • throw a monkey wrench into the works — (USA) If you throw a monkey wrench into the works, you ensure that something fails …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • (throw) a (monkey) wrench in the works — (throw) a ˈspanner in the works idiom (BrE) (NAmE (throw) a (ˈmonkey) ˈwrench in the works) (to cause) a delay or problem with sth that sb is planning or doing Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • a spanner (or N. Amer. monkey wrench) in the works — a person or thing that prevents the successful implementation of a plan. → spanner …   English new terms dictionary

  • throw a monkey wrench into the works — wreck a project, monkeywrenching, piss in the pickles    The report that coffee causes cancer threw a monkey wrench into our plans to import coffee …   English idioms

  • wrench in the works — (USA) If someone puts or throws a wrench, or monkey wrench, in the works, they ruin a plan. In British English, spanner is used instead of wrench …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • wrench in the works — (USA)    If someone puts or throws a wrench, or monkey wrench, in the works, they ruin a plan. In British English, spanner is used instead of wrench .   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Wrench in the works —   (USA)   If someone puts or throws a wrench, or monkey wrench, in the works, they ruin a plan. In British English, spanner is used instead of wrench …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • a wrench in the works — another way of saying (see monkey wrench) …   Useful english dictionary

  • monkey wrench — n especially AmE 1.) a tool that is used to hold or turn things of different widths British Equivalent: adjustable spanner 2.) throw a monkey wrench in the works AmE informal to do something that will cause problems or spoil someone s plans… …   Dictionary of contemporary English