hem

hem
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 margin
vt.
hemmed, hemming
to fold back the edge of and sew down; put a hem or hems on
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hem in or hem around or hem about
1. to encircle; surround
2. to confine or restrain
hem2 [hem: ] conventionalized pronun.
interj., n.
(used to suggest) the sound made in clearing the throat
vi.
hemmed, hemming
to make this sound, as in trying to get attention or in showing doubt
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hem and haw
1. to make sounds like hems, or grope about in speech, while searching for the right words to say
2. to speak in a vague or evasive manner; equivocate

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