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noun (wikipedia, spanner, spanner (hand tool))
  1. A hand tool for adjusting nuts and bolts.
Pass me that , Jake; there's just one more nut to screw in.
  1. (Weapon) A hand tool shaped like a small crank handle, for winding the spring of a wheel lock on a musket.
Quotations
  • 1786, Fig. 10. The spanner for spanning or winding up the spring of the wheel lock. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page xvi.
    1. (idiom) (UK) 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. This really threw a in the works.
  1. (context, UK, mildly, derogatory) A stupid or unintelligent person; one prone to making mistakes, especially in language.
You , Rodney! I wanted a Chinese, not an Indian!
Translations: 
  • German: Schraubenschlí¼ssel
    (trans-mid)
Etymology: (-er, span)


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