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Etymology

to span + -er

Noun

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Singular
spanner

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  1. (UK) A hand tool for adjusting nuts and bolts.
    Pass me that spanner, Jake; there's just one more nut to screw in.
  2. (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.
  3. (idiomatic) (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 spanner in the works.
  4. (UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A stupid or unintelligent person; one prone to making mistakes, especially in language.
    You spanner, Rodney! I wanted a Chinese, not an Indian!

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