Definitions for monkey wrench
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a wrench having an adjustable jaw for grasping nuts of different sizes.
Category: Building Trades
something that interferes.
monkey-wrench, monkey wrench(noun)
adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw
A wrench with a smooth adjustable jaw to grip different sizes of nuts.
A pipe wrench.
A problem, obstacle or dilemma; something unexpected or troublesome.
The monkey wrench or gas grips is an adjustable wrench, a later American development of eighteenth century English coach wrenches. It was popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but is now used only for heavier tasks, having been mostly replaced by the lighter and sleeker shifting adjustable. The term monkey wrench is also used colloquially to refer to the pipe wrench, owing to their broadly similar shapes.
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