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 for Monkey wrench
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  monkeywrench \monkeywrench\, monkey wrench \monkey wrench\n.
     A wrench or spanner which has one fixed and one adjustable
     jaw.
  
     Syn: monkey wrench.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wrench \Wrench\ (r[e^]nch), n. [OE. wrench deceit, AS. wrenc
     deceit, a twisting; akin to G. rank intrigue, crookedness,
     renken to bend, twist, and E. wring. [root]144. See Wring,
     and cf. Ranch, v. t.]
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     1. Trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem. [Obs.]
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              His wily wrenches thou ne mayst not flee. --Chaucer.
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     2. A violent twist, or a pull with twisting.
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              He wringeth them such a wrench.       --Skelton.
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              The injurious effect upon biographic literature of
              all such wrenches to the truth, is diffused
              everywhere.                           --De Quincey.
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     3. A sprain; an injury by twisting, as in a joint.
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     4. Means; contrivance. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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     5. An instrument, often a simple bar or lever with jaws or an
        angular orifice either at the end or between the ends, for
        exerting a twisting strain, as in turning bolts, nuts,
        screw taps, etc.; a screw key. Many wrenches have
        adjustable jaws for grasping nuts, etc., of different
        sizes.
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     6. (Mech.) The system made up of a force and a couple of
        forces in a plane perpendicular to that force. Any number
        of forces acting at any points upon a rigid body may be
        compounded so as to be equivalent to a wrench.
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     Carriage wrench, a wrench adapted for removing or
        tightening the nuts that confine the wheels on the axles,
        or for turning the other nuts or bolts of a carriage or
        wagon.
  
     Monkey wrench. See under Monkey.
  
     Wrench hammer, a wrench with the end shaped so as to admit
        of being used as a hammer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  monkey wrench
      n 1: adjustable wrench that has one fixed and one adjustable jaw
           [syn: monkey-wrench, monkey wrench]

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