Synonyms of spanner in English:
put/throw a spanner in the works (of) British informal
- these divides are threatening to put a spanner in the works of the European constitutional projectinterfere (with), hinder, hamper, obstruct, disrupt, impede, inhibit, retard, baulk, thwart, foil, curb, delay, set back, slow down, hold back, hold up;restrict, restrain, constrain, block, check, curtail, frustrate, cramp, bridle, handicap, cripple, hamstring, shackle, fetter, encumberinformal stymieNorth American informal bork, put/throw a monkey wrench in the works of
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