One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A very strong, secure hold.
2Also with capital initial(s). A trademark for: any of various handheld (or occasionally mounted) clamping tools; a hand-vice. Frequently attributive.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Burlington (Iowa) Hawk-eye. From vice + grip.
vice grip/ˈvʌɪs ɡrɪp/
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