Meaning of vice grip in English:

vice grip

Pronunciation /ˈvʌɪs ɡrɪp/


North American
  • 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.