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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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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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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.
The HEMS in SA currently comprises three major service providers: Netcare 911, ER24 and the Red Cross Air Mercy Service.
A retrospective quantitative, descriptive chart review design was utilised to analyse patients transported by the Netcare 911 HEMS in SA between 1 January and 31 December 2011.
Dr Stolpe, chief flight surgeon and medical director of the biggest HEMS operator of Europe, Germany's ADAC Air Rescue, will be in India for four days from April 19th - April 22nd, 2011 to support the urgent need to adopt HEMS in India.
Operators, helicopter manufacturer, and association are looking forward to support the implementation of HEMS in India by setting up a piloting project together with a consortium of governmental institutions, private Hospitals, local Investors, insurance companies or associations aiming at establishing a Helicopter Air Ambulance Service which could become the reference for HEMS in India.
size or scope of the contract: Construction of temporary databases helicopter emergency medical service HEMS - 3 tasks: Task 1 - Construction of temporary database helicopter emergency medical service HEMS in Gorzow Wielkopolski.