put/throw a spanner in the works Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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put/throw a spanner in the works

UK (US throw a (monkey) wrench in the works) to do something that ​prevents a ​plan or ​activity from ​succeeding: The ​funding for the ​project was ​withdrawn so that really ​threw a spanner in the ​works.
(Definition of put/throw a spanner in the works from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “put/throw a spanner in the works”
in Chinese (Simplified) 从中捣乱, 破坏计划…
in Chinese (Traditional) 從中搗亂, 破壞計劃…
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