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And it is, I cannot but confess it, it is too often—hem—acceptable.

"Good as new, almost," she said, looking critically at the hem.

What, all the way to the well and back, nothing but hem, and clear his throat?

Ten golden pieces are sewn into the hem of your under doublet.

Then he fell before her and, for a second time, kissed the hem of her robe.

Marilou dabbed the moisture from her forehead with the hem of her dress.

The hypocrite caught the hem of her cloak, and bore it to his lips.

Then hem the other edge, and conceal the stitches with silk braid that will wash.

Hem all round, with a broad hem, three-fourths of a nail deep.

To me he seemed to be stooping low as if to touch the hem of her garment.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hem "a border," especially of cloth or a garment, from Proto-Germanic *hamjam (cf. Old Norse hemja "to bridle, curb," Swedish hämma "to stop, restrain," Old Frisian hemma "to hinder," Middle Dutch, German hemmen "to hem in, stop, hinder"), from PIE *kem- "to compress." Apparently the same root yielded Old English hamm, common in place names (where it means "enclosure, land hemmed in by water or high ground, land in a river bend"). In Middle English, hem also was a symbol of pride or ostentation.

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