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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 project
interfere (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, encumber
North American informalbork, put/throw a monkey wrench in the works of

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