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A hand tool shaped like a small crank handle, for winding the spring of a wheel lock on a musket.

Additional definitions for 'spanner':

spannerA hand tool for adjusting nuts and bolts.
spannerA problem, dilemma or obstacle; something unexpected or troublesome.
spannerA stupid or unintelligent person; one prone to making mistakes, especially in language.
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