Definition of 'spanner'
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This throws a real spanner in the works. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The main risk is another regulatory spanner. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But will an unexpected potential buyer throw a spanner in the works? The Sun (2016)But there may be a spanner in the works. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Tough, pragmatic and putting a spanner in the works of the opposition machinery. The Sun (2011)Success can put a spanner in a writer's works. Times, Sunday Times (2006)And here's another spanner in the works. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Now he is dreading a last-minute call from any of his players throwing another spanner into the works. The Sun (2012)The government tried to throw a spanner in the works by introducing charges on trusts but clients of ours still think it is worthwhile. Times, Sunday Times (2008)THIS telly mechanic will put a spanner in the works. The Sun (2009)I'm hoping my book may throw a spanner into the works. Times, Sunday Times (2007)A Some firms have a habit of putting a spanner in the works when changing phone and broadband suppliers. The Sun (2014)An insider said: 'This has thrown a spanner in the works. The Sun (2010)The most recent letter from Global Claims threw another spanner in the works. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The sun, too, may throw a spanner in the works. The Sun (2012)Looks like this young mechanic's going to put a spanner in the works in Walford. The Sun (2013)No, he's the sort of chap just as likely to put a spanner in the works. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I am quite an abrasive player who can offer certain necessary things we need to put a spanner in their works and doubts in their minds. The Sun (2006)I'm so worried my night with this guy will put a spanner in the works when we come face to face. The Sun (2010)Armed with one of these and an adjustable spanner, there are few things on a bike you can't fix. Times, Sunday Times (2007)A source said: 'This has thrown a real spanner in the works. The Sun (2013)But it's about going with the flow - if you try to force a manoeuvre it can really put a spanner in the works. Times, Sunday Times (2008)THE problem with the post union should have been resolved weeks ago but just as there are signs of progress, people put a spanner in the works. The Sun (2009)You should then be able to get some purchase on it with a large adjustable spanner, but beware: twist too hard and you can fracture the frame. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'spanner'
British English: spanner /ˈspænə/ NOUN
A spanner is a metal tool used for tightening a nut.
- American English: wrench tool
- Arabic: مِفْتَاحُ رَبْط
- Brazilian Portuguese: chave inglesa
- Chinese: 扳手
- Croatian: ključ za matice
- Czech: klíč nařádí
- Danish: skruenøgle
- Dutch: moersleutel
- European Spanish: llave inglesa
- Finnish: jakoavain
- French: clé anglaise
- German: Schraubenschlüssel
- Greek: κλειδί εργαλείο
- Italian: chiave inglese
- Japanese: スパナ
- Korean: 스패너
- Norwegian: fastnøkkel
- Polish: klucz (maszynowy) płaski
- European Portuguese: chave inglesa
- Romanian: cheie de buloane
- Russian: гаечный ключ
- Latin American Spanish: llave inglesa
- Swedish: skruvnyckel
- Thai: กุญแจเลื่อน
- Turkish: İngiliz anahtarı
- Ukrainian: гайковий ключ
- Vietnamese: cờ lê
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