throw a spanner in the works


throw a spanner in the works
stop the gears, cause activity to stop

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • throw a spanner in the works — To cause confusion or difficulty, upset plans • • • Main Entry: ↑spanner * * * throw/put/a spanner in the works british informal phrase to do something that suddenly stops a process or plan Her criticisms really thre …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw a spanner in the works — (UK) If you throw a spanner in the works, you cause a problem that stops or slows progress on something that was going well …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • (throw) a spanner in the works — (throw) a ˈspanner in the works idiom (BrE) (NAmE (throw) a (ˈmonkey) ˈwrench in the works) (to cause) a delay or problem with sth that sb is planning or doing Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw a spanner in the works — put/throw a spanner in the works British & Australian, American to do something that prevents a plan or activity from succeeding. We were hoping to get the project started in June but the funding was withdrawn so that rather threw a spanner in… …   New idioms dictionary

  • throw a spanner in the works —    If someone or something throws a spanner (or a wrench) in the works,they do something that causes problems and prevents the success of a plan or event.     The two companies were keen to sign the agreement before anything happened to throw a… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • throw a spanner in the works — verb (UK) To be a problem, dilemma or obstacle, something unexpected or troublesome. Half way through the production of Macbeth, the director found that the stage was smaller than he expected …   Wiktionary

  • Throw a spanner in the works — This is an expression that means to wreck something …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • put/throw a spanner in the works — informal : to cause something to not go as planned We were ready to start the project when the bank threw a spanner in the works by denying the loan. • • • Main Entry: ↑spanner put/throw a spanner in the works see ↑spanner • • • Main Entry: ↑work …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw a wrench into the works — see ↑wrench, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑work 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 We were going to renew our lease, but the landlord threw a wrench into… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spanner in the works — (UK)    If someone puts or throws a spanner in the works, they ruin a plan. In American English, wrench is used instead of spanner .   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If someone or something throws a spanner (or a wrench) in the works,they… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.