throw/hurl/toss a monkey wrench into

throw/hurl/toss a monkey wrench into
throw/hurl/toss a monkey wrench into
US informal : to damage or change (something) in a way that ruins it or prevents it from working properly

The storm threw a monkey wrench into their plans for a picnic. [=the storm ruined their plans for a picnic]

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Main Entry:monkey wrench

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  • monkey wrench — noun adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw • Syn: ↑monkey wrench • Hypernyms: ↑adjustable wrench, ↑adjustable spanner * * * noun, pl ⋯ wrenches [count] : a wrench that can be adjusted to grip or turn things of different… …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw — [thrō] vt. threw, thrown, throwing [ME throwen, to twist, wring, hurl < OE thrawan, to throw, twist, akin to Ger drehen, to twist, turn < IE base * ter , to rub, rub with turning motion, bore > THRASH, THREAD, Gr teirein, L terere, to… …   English World dictionary

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