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vice

habitual abnormal behavior of a destructive kind. It is most common in horses, pigs and chickens but may occur in any species if the animals are kept in confined spaces. See crib-biting, weaving, pica, tail biting, ear sucking, toe picking.
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It's impossible to eliminate the sometimes viselike pressure of taking care of business at home and at work.
The viselike jaws were turned into stylized jowls, and polygenic traits such as large heads and short legs were maintained generation after generation.
Some of the clams close up their shells with a viselike grip that could easily cut off a diver's fingers or toes.
Instead of Willy, little Milly is held now in a viselike grip by the gorilla gang leader who also grabs her purse.
My chest muscles squeeze viselike as I watch him focus, nestling the diplomat's face in the scope's cross hairs.
While touring a hospital, she was told of a man dying in an adjacent room and promptly intruded upon his final throes, elbowing the wife aside and seizing the man's hand in a viselike grip.
I fixed myself a nice plate of cheese and crackers and fruits and dips, and was standing there, minding my own business, when all of a sudden a giant cockatoo leapt off its owner's shoulder, flew three feet, grabbed onto my upper arm with a viselike grip and snatched a Dorito right out of my hand.
During a stroke, your elbow should be almost fully extended, and your grip should be firm but not viselike, so that force is transferred to your shoulder.