throw a spanner in the works

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VerbEdit

throw a spanner in the works

  1. (idiomatic, 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. This really threw a spanner in the works.

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Last modified on 16 July 2013, at 21:54