2 verb
hem2 past tense and past participle hemmed, present participle hemming
1 [transitive]DCC to turn under the edge of a piece of material or clothing and stitch it in place

hem and haw

American English to keep pausing before saying something, and avoid saying it directly

hem somebody/something ↔ in

phrasal verb
1 to surround someone or something closely:
They were hemmed in on all sides by the soldiers and the dogs.
The market place is hemmed in by shops and banks.
2 to make someone feel that they are not free to do what they want to do:
They hem in the child with endless rules and restrictions.

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