To hem about
Hem Hem, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hemming}.] 1. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. To border; to edge [1913 Webster]

All the skirt about Was hemmed with golden fringe. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{To hem about}, {To hem around}, or {To hem in}, to inclose and confine; to surround; to environ. ``With valiant squadrons round about to hem.'' --Fairfax. ``Hemmed in to be a spoil to tyranny.'' --Daniel.

{To hem out}, to shut out. ``You can not hem me out of London.'' --J. Webster. [1913 Webster]


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  • To hem around — Hem Hem, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hemming}.] 1. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. To border; to edge [1913 Webster] All the skirt about Was hemmed with golden fringe …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hem in — Hem Hem, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hemming}.] 1. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. To border; to edge [1913 Webster] All the skirt about Was hemmed with golden fringe …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hem out — Hem Hem, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hemming}.] 1. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. To border; to edge [1913 Webster] All the skirt about Was hemmed with golden fringe …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hem\ about — • hem in • hem around • hem about v 1. To put something around, or to be placed around; surround. Mountains hemmed the town in on all sides. As soon as Tom and Bob started to fight, they were hemmed around by other boys. 2. See: fence in …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Hem — Hem, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hemmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hemming}.] 1. To form a hem or border to; to fold and sew down the edge of. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 2. To border; to edge [1913 Webster] All the skirt about Was hemmed with golden fringe.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hem — hem1 [hem] n. [ME < OE, akin to MLowG ham, enclosed piece of land < IE base * kem , to compress, impede > HAMPER1] 1. the border on a garment or piece of cloth, usually made by folding the edge and sewing it down 2. any border, edge, or… …   English World dictionary

  • hem\ around — • hem in • hem around • hem about v 1. To put something around, or to be placed around; surround. Mountains hemmed the town in on all sides. As soon as Tom and Bob started to fight, they were hemmed around by other boys. 2. See: fence in …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hem — I. /hɛm / (say hem) verb (t) (hemmed, hemming) 1. to fold back and sew down the edge of (cloth, a garment, etc.). 2. to form an edge or border to or about. –noun 3. the edge made by folding back the margin of cloth and sewing it down. 4. the edge …   Australian English dictionary

  • hem — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German hemmen to hem in, Armenian kamel to press Date: before 12th century 1. a border of a cloth article doubled back and stitched down 2. rim, margin < bright green hem of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hem in — or[hem around] or[hem about] {v.} 1. To put something around, or to be placed around; surround. * /Mountains hemmed the town in on all sides./ * /As soon as Tom and Bob started to fight, they were hemmed around by other boys./ 2. See: FENCE IN …   Dictionary of American idioms

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