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Related to hem in: On a par, pay heed, come to fruition, along the line, give rise to
hem someone or something in
Fig. to trap or enclose someone or something. The large city buildings hem me in. Don't hem in the bird. Let it have a way to escape.
hem in somebody/somethingalso hem somebody/something in
to surround someone or something They found themselves hemmed in by the crowd. The building was hemmed in by high walls.
1. To surround and enclose someone or something: Tall mountains hemmed in the valley. The troops hemmed their enemy in on all sides.
2. To restrict or confine someone or something: Don't hem me in with all these regulations. The police hemmed in the rowdy crowd.