Their world is changing—has already changed, really—in the vise of the economy and new technology.
But he held himself in a vise, knowing that the hour had not yet struck for their contact of lips.
So he puts a board in the vise and he begins to plane the board.
A few pencils and gravers, a vise bench, and a grindstone no longer make an engraving establishment.
Both hands gripped the graceful shoulders of the miscreant like a vise.
He looked down at her, and the thought of her possible departure caught him like a vise.
The boards are then placed in a vise or clamp and allowed to remain there over night.
Place it in a vise and twist it about two thirds of its length.
He licked his wide, cruel lips, seizing the girl's arms as in a vise.
It came up only two feet, and this was a kindness, for it lifted the Marie so that they were able to pull her out of the vise.
c.1300, "device like a screw or winch for bending a crossbow or catapult," from Old French vis, viz "screw," from Latin vitis "vine, tendril of a vine," literally "that which winds," from root of viere "to bind, twist" (see withy). The meaning "clamping tool with two jaws closed by a screw" is first recorded c.1500.