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.
The boards are then placed in a vise or clamp and allowed to remain there over night.
A few pencils and gravers, a vise bench, and a grindstone no longer make an engraving establishment.
He licked his wide, cruel lips, seizing the girl's arms as in a vise.
He looked down at her, and the thought of her possible departure caught him like a vise.
His long, thin fingers were clutching her clasped hands as with a vise.
Place it in a vise and twist it about two thirds of its length.
It seemed to me the most natural thing, when you'd got 'em in the vise, to keep them there.
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.