General English

Cars & Driving

  • noun a steel hand tool with jaws or a hole of particular shape at the end, designed to fit round a nut or bolt head in order to turn it


  • A horizontal cross brace.
  • A collar beam.

Real Estate

  • noun a hand tool with fixed or movable jaws, used for turning nuts and bolts


  • noun an unfortunate, weak individual, a misfit. The term became a popular phrase among adolescents in the early 1990s following its use on the BBC TV comedy, The Mary Whitehouse Experience. It probably originated as a schoolboy variation of spastic and spasmo, perhaps blended with prannet or pranny.