Definition of Monkey wrench

1. Noun. Adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw.

Exact synonyms: Monkey-wrench
Generic synonyms: Adjustable Spanner, Adjustable Wrench



Definition of Monkey wrench

1. Noun. A wrench with a smooth adjustable jaw to grip different sizes of nuts. ¹

2. Noun. A pipe wrench. ¹

3. Noun. (idiomatic) A problem, obstacle or dilemma; something unexpected or troublesome. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Monkey Wrench

monkey ladder
monkey malaria
monkey nut
monkey on one's back
monkey patch
monkey patched
monkey patches
monkey patching
monkey pinscher
monkey pod
monkey puzzle
monkey see, monkey do
monkey trail
monkey trails
monkey trap
monkey wrench (current term)
monkey wrenches
monkeydom
monkeyed
monkeyflower
monkeyflowers
monkeygland
monkeyhood
monkeying
monkeyish
monkeykind
monkeylike
monkeypod
monkeypods
monkeypot

Literary usage of Monkey wrench

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Lawyer's Idle Hours: Sentiment-satire-humor-life-death-glory by C. Augustus Haviland (1902)
"Wherever we go—whether east or west— If a screw gets loose, we try the test, And bring our "monkey-wrench" in play, Till the bands are tight—then on our way ..."

2. A Lawyer's Idle Hours: Sentiment-satire-humor-life-death-glory by C. Augustus Haviland (1902)
"Wherever we go—whether east or west— If a screw gets loose, we try the test, And bring our "monkey-wrench" in play, Till the bands are tight—then on our way ..."

3. Massachusetts Reports: Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Judicial by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1911)
"But the physician, who attended the plaintiff's intestate, testified that the intestate told him that the monkey wrench hit the spliced cable, ..."

4. Gasolene Engines; Their Operation, Use and Care: A Comprehensive, Simple and by Alpheus Hyatt Verrill (1912)
"Monkey-wrench as Pipe Wrench hand you can often handle a pipe successfully by placing a three-cornered file in a monkey wrench ..."

5. The Horseless Age (1904)
"BEGINNER'S PAGE To the first of the two classes of tools herein discussed (those for ordinary adjustments) belong the monkey wrench, screw driver, ..."

6. Gasolene Engines; Their Operation, Use and Care: Their Operation, Use and by Alpheus Hyatt Verrill (1912)
"Monkey-wrench as Pipe Wrench hand you can often handle a pipe successfully by placing a three-cornered file in a monkey wrench and using this on the pipe ..."

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