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. --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 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 …   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\ 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 — 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 — To hem a piece of cloth (in sewing), a garment workerfolds up a cut edge, folds it up again, and then sews it down. The process of hemming thus completely encloses the cut edge in cloth, so that it cannot unravel.A hem is also the edge of cloth… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — 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 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

  • 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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