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vice

1
Pathol obsolete any physical defect or imperfection

vice

2 (US (often)), vise
an appliance for holding an object while work is done upon it, usually having a pair of jaws

vis, vice, vise

A spiral staircase generally of stone, whose steps wind around a central shaft or newel; a screw stair.
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Leatherman's new Crunch combines the viselike grip of a pair of locking pliers with all the capabilities we've come to expect from a multipurpose tool.
After I double-checked my viselike grip on the sled and jumped on the runners, a simple "All right
This hinged, viselike press forces a garlic head through a small, stationery cup whose base is perforated.
The tracking shot traps us in a viselike way that anticipates the way both Rick and we will be trapped by the terrible plot of corruption, murder, and betrayal that will soon--has already begun to--close in upon Rick, and us.
Fast-food restaurants are bright, clean, and glitzy compared to the old-style eateries they displace, but the tentacles of the octopus that places them in foreign cities have a viselike grip.
My teal blue Armani suit was just a tad too tight, making breathing somewhat uncomfortable, my stockings had a viselike grip on my legs and the Manolo Blahniks on my feet had not been properly broken in--not that the term would ever apply to that particular brand of footwear.
Liberation theology starts with good intentions but ends in terror, Lopez Trujillo wrote, making it "comparable to the manner in which an octopus imprisons its victim with its tentacles softly and flexibly and finally in a viselike grip.
As the raven-haired adult Morgan Le Fay, Molly Smolen forcefully set out to seduce Arthur, first with crafty flattery, then with vicious stabbing pointes, swinging her body over his and holding him in a viselike grip while they scuttled like cockroaches across the floor.