What does 'Throw a spanner in the works' mean?
If you throw a spanner in the works, you cause a problem that stops or slows progress on something that was going well.
Idioms similar to 'Throw a spanner in the works'
- Spanner in the works
- Wrench in the works
- Not trust someone further than you can throw them
- Throw someone a line
- Throw someone in at the deep end
- Throw your weight around
- Stone's throw
- Throw a sickie
- Throw the book at someone
- Throw your toys out of the pram
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