[Ads-l] "Monkey this up"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 31 08:40:22 EDT 2018


In my experience, "throw a wrench into" is more common among the TV
chatterers than "throw a monkey wrench into" - though the latter is the
only version I grew up with.

JL

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:03 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> Why wasn't 't a monkey spanner?
>
> Unconfirmed from British Newspaper Archive:
>
> .. the following answers: —l first asked how much pressure he had on the
> safety-valve beyond the ball, and he replied, A monkey spanner (that is a
> screw-hammer) and a key: this weight we frequently carry. I next asked him
> whether he noticed the height of ...
> Published: Friday 28 February 1851
> Newspaper: Stamford Mercury<
> https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results?newspaperTitle=Stamford%20Mercury
> >
> County: Lincolnshire, England
> Type: Article | Words: 11459 | Page: 4 | Tags: none
>
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> grease monkey
> OTOH, when I think of <grease monkey>, I think of my lily-white father who
> spent his whole life tinkering with car, bus, & aircraft engines. He only
> used a <monkey wrench>, however, for home plumbing repair. He even monkeyed
> around on the roof into his eighties.
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