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    Default Vice-grip

    Hi all,

    I need help with this sentence:

    Eventually it was Nick who pleaded with my parents to let their vice-grip go.

    Context: A girl is going through a very difficult situation and after staying at her parents' for a few days (just for emotional support) she's now leaving to go back to her place and go on with her life.

    I understand the meaning of grip, but I don't know what nuance vice adds. Has it got to do with the fact that it's two people holding her? I just don't get it . Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!

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    Vice2
    n.

    [See Vise.]
    1. (Mech.) A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
    http://www.answers.com/topic/vice




    I think that in your text, vice-grip means that her parents are holding on to her as if they were using one of this tools.
    In Spanish these tools are called tenazas.

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    Muchas gracias Pames. Está clarísmo ahora. Es la grafía británica lo que me despistó!

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    You are more than welcome Goodnightmoon!!!!

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