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to put a spanner in the works

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  1. bolorsociedad New Member

    Español
    Hi!

    I've got the CAE speaking exam tomorrow and I would like to know in which context could I use the expression "To put a spanner in the works". I know that it means "to make something stop working", but I would like to know in which part of the speaking could I use it.

    Bye
     
  2. SusanBryan

    SusanBryan Senior Member

    Spanish- Br. English
    I was hoping to get the house in June to spend the summer in Spain but the bank withdrew the loan so that rather put a spanner in the works. In Br English it is also to put/throw a (monkey) wrench in the works. Good luck tomorrow bolorsociedad and welcome!!
     
  3. Cagey post mod

    California
    English - US
    Welcome bolorsociedad. :)

    We don't usually provide examples of usage. However, we have these earlier threads that should be helpful.



    Also, you can use the search box at the top of the page to search for spanner in the works. On the definition page, just below the search box, click on the link: 'in context'.
    This will lead to sentences in news articles using this phrase.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012
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