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deliberate over (someone or something)

To consider, discuss, or confer about someone or something, often for a lengthy period of time. This is a big decision, so I need some more time to deliberate over it with my family, all right?
See also: deliberate, over

hem and haw

To speak in an evasive, vague, roundabout way in order to avoid responding to a question or making a definite statement. The phrase comes from the common filler words often used by habit or when one is deciding what to say. How much longer do we have to hear this guy hem and haw? I wish they would get on with the debate.
See also: and, haw, hem

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 manses now completely hem in my little home.
2. To limit what someone or something can do. options. 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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fence someone in

to restrict someone in some way. I don't want to fence you in, but you have to get home earlier at night. Don't try to fence me in. I need a lot of freedom. Your last stupid move fenced in the department, making us less effective.
See also: fence

fence something in

to enclose an area within a fence. When they fenced the garden in, they thought the deer wouldn't be able to destroy the flowers. We fenced in the yard to make a safe place for the children.
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hem and haw (around)

Inf. to be uncertain about something; to be evasive; to say "ah" and "eh" when speaking—avoiding saying something meaningful. Stop hemming and hawing around. I want an answer. Don't just hem and haw around. Speak up. We want to hear what you think.
See also: and, haw, hem

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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fence in

Also, hem in. Restrict or confine someone, as in He wanted to take on more assignments but was fenced in by his contract, or Their father was old-fashioned and the children were hemmed in by his rules. Both expressions transfer a literal form of enclosure to a figurative one. The first gained currency from a popular song in the style of a cowboy folk song by Cole Porter, "Don't Fence Me In" (1944), in which the cowboy celebrates open land and starry skies. The variant is much older, dating from the late 1500s.
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hem and haw

Be hesitant and indecisive; avoid committing oneself, as in When asked about their wedding date, she hemmed and hawed, or The President hemmed and hawed about new Cabinet appointments. This expression imitates the sounds of clearing one's throat. [Late 1700s]
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hem and haw

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

hum and haw

BRITISH
If you hem and haw or hum and haw, you take a long time to say something because you cannot think of the right words, or because you are not sure what to say. Tim hemmed and hawed, but finally told his boss the truth. My mother hummed and hawed at first, but eventually she sent her agreement. Note: People sometimes use hum and ha with the same meaning. Abu hummed and ha-ed a little.
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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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hem and haw

To be hesitant and indecisive; equivocate: "a leader who cannot make up his or her mind, never knows what to do, hems and haws" (Margaret Thatcher).
See also: and, haw, hem

hem and haw

To refuse to give a definite answer. “Hem,” similar in derivation to the interjection “ahem,” meant to hesitate. “Haw” meant much the same sense of being noncommittal. Combine the two, and you have someone who's stalling for time and hoping not to have to respond any further.
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Slipstitch: For a folded or bound hem edge, select this stitch.
Take a stitch in the garment fabric, then take the next stitch into the hem approximately 1/4" to 3/8" away, making sure the thread crosses over itself to create an X (9).
A blind catchstitch is worked similarly, but within the hem, pulling the hem edge back to work the stitches (10).
A total of 547 cases were serviced by the Netcare 911 HEMS operations during the 12-month study period.
Analysis of the records showed that the two HEMS operations generally retrieved patients from within their own provinces.
Adult patients were transported most frequently by both HEMS operations, the percentages of adult patients flown (Gauteng n=364, 80.
I look forward to working with the charity as they engage further with the community to build a sustainable funding base for HEMS in the years ahead.
A Dudley council spokeswoman said the council would not get involved in the matter as Hems was not at work at the time of the incident.
The Minister added: I am of the view that HEMS is a necessary service development which will help to strengthen our emergency services.
The HEMS 101 project is being developed in response to research conducted by the Medevac Foundation International and others that has shown that critically ill or injured patients who are transported by HEMS programs have a significantly greater chance of survival, more complete recoveries, and better long-term health outcomes compared with those who were denied access to care or whose access to care was delayed beyond a reasonable time.
DENSO' s new system can quickly supply the electricity that is stored in the HEMS storage battery to the EV when charging at home, which doesn' t require a dedicated charging device.
The HEMS can estimate the daily EV travel distance and household power consumption to best manage the charging and discharging of the electricity of EV and HEMS battery unit.
LOOKING peachy Carla Smith, 22, of Middlesbrough, pictured right with Joy, wears a peach dropped hem skirt, pounds 16.
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One particular type of innovation in the realm of HEM that will be explored more fully in the future is based on the creation of what some have termed the "instructional cycles" that use WebCT's "conditional release" features, and more importantly, the statistical analysis of online web-based tests and assignments (Chetty: 27-32) At some colleges and universities, faculty use these cycles to collect feedback created by student responses to online required course work.