From a book I'm reading (describing childbirth):
"It felt like a vice gripping my stomach."
When I see the word "vice," I think smoking or some other evil thing, not a metal pinching device!
I did look it up, and "vice" is listed as an alternate to "vise," but why use "vice" when a perfectly good "vise" is waiting?
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