What does monkey wrench mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monkey-wrench, monkey wrench(noun)

    adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw


  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.


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monkey wrench in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monkey wrench in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Christopher Barnes:

    When we change the time by one hour, it throws a monkey wrench into our circadian process, the following Monday, we've discovered that people have about 40 minutes less sleep. Because we're already short on sleep to begin with, the effects of even 40 minutes are noticeable.

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