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. --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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To circle in — Circle Cir cle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Circled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Circling}.] [OE. cerclen, F. cercler, fr. L. circulare to make round. See {Circle}, n., and cf. {Circulate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To move around; to revolve around. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To let in — Let Let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Let} ({Letted} (l[e^]t t[e^]d), [Obs].); p. pr. & vb. n. {Letting}.] [OE. leten, l[ae]ten (past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten, lete), AS. l[=ae]tan (past tense l[=e]t, p. p. l[=ae]ten); akin to OFries. l[=e]ta,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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 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 in someone — hem in (someone/something) to surround someone or something. They found themselves hemmed in by the crowd. The building was hemmed in by high walls …   New idioms dictionary

  • hem in something — hem in (someone/something) to surround someone or something. They found themselves hemmed in by the crowd. The building was hemmed in by high walls …   New idioms dictionary

  • hem in — (someone/something) to surround someone or something. They found themselves hemmed in by the crowd. The building was hemmed in by high walls …   New idioms dictionary

  • hem in — verb 1. surround in a restrictive manner (Freq. 1) The building was hemmed in by flowers • Hypernyms: ↑surround, ↑environ, ↑ring, ↑skirt, ↑border • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • hem in — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms hem in : present tense I/you/we/they hem in he/she/it hems in present participle hemming in past tense hemmed in past participle hemmed in 1) to enclose someone or something and prevent them from moving or… …   English dictionary

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