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He really threw a monkey wrench into that fire

My dear friend Cindy W.  said when she said this one, everyone looked at her like she had “four heads”.  This terrific malaphor thus is a 4 head winner.  It is a mash up of “throw a monkey wrench in (something)” (to cause something to fail) and “throw gas (or fuel) on the fire” or “out of the frying pan into the fire” (both meaning make a bad situation worse),  or even “several irons in the fire” (a number of possibilities).

English: Line art drawing of a monkey wrench.

English: Line art drawing of a monkey wrench. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: vervet monkey in the Kruger NP

English: vervet monkey in the Kruger NP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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