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to do something that prevents a plan or activity from succeeding: The funding for the project was withdrawn so that really threw a spanner in the works.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