wrench

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1 wrench /ˈrɛntʃ/ noun
plural wrenches
1 wrench
/ˈrɛntʃ/
noun
plural wrenches
Learner's definition of WRENCH
[count] US : a tool consisting of a handle with one end designed to hold, twist, or turn an object (such as a bolt or nut)
called also (British) spanner
see picture at carpentry; see also monkey wrench, socket wrench
[count] : a violent twisting or pulling movement usually singular
[singular] chiefly British : something unpleasant that happens and that causes you to feel emotional pain

throw a wrench into the works

US, informal
: to damage or change (something) in a way that ruins it or prevents it from working properly
2 wrench /ˈrɛntʃ/ verb
wrenches; wrenched; wrenching
2 wrench
/ˈrɛntʃ/
verb
wrenches; wrenched; wrenching
Learner's definition of WRENCH
: to twist and pull with a sudden violent motion
[no object]
[+ object]
often used figuratively
[+ object] : to injure (a part of your body) by making a violent twisting motion
[+ object] : to take (something) by using force
often used figuratively
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