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hem in

1. To surround someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hem" and "in." The police have hemmed in the burglars so that they can't escape from this area. It's very disappointing that towering mansions now completely hem in my little home.
2. To limit what someone or something can do. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hem" and "in." The terms of this contract really have me hemmed in—even my lawyer can't see a way out.
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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.
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hem in

v.
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.
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Mrs Hemming, a town and country planner, of Chantry Road, Moseley, married Mr Hemming in 1981 after they met at a conference.
As the couple walked past, Llewellyn punched Mr Hemming in the head from behind and, when he turned around, he was punched again.
Miss Cox said she met Mr Hemming in 1999 and described their relationship as "unconventional".
Kevin, who met Mr Hemming in a city pub 18 years ago, said the banning order was long overdue.
When you see Whitby and Hemming in a long boat at the Gas Street Basin, that's the time to start worrying
David Abrahams, representing the Standards Board, said the cabinet report was given to Coun Hemming in confidence and he was obliged not to publish the information.