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hem in

[ hem ]SEE DEFINITION OF hem in

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to provide (something) with a border or fringe" (surname Hemmer attested from c.1300), from hem (n.). Related: Hemmed; hemming. The phrase hem in "shut in, confine," first recorded 1530s.

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