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  1. monkey-wrench, monkey wrench(noun)

    adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw

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  1. monkey wrench(Noun)

    A wrench with a smooth adjustable jaw to grip different sizes of nuts.

  2. monkey wrench(Noun)

    A pipe wrench.

  3. monkey wrench(Noun)

    A problem, obstacle or dilemma; something unexpected or troublesome.

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  1. Monkey wrench

    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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