Grant that Boehner is a foreign-policy tenderfoot after two decades of kissing the hem of the domestic Abramoffs.
Sparkle winked under layers of chiffon and fur, and peaked out from under the hem of a cape.
Music, too, can dismantle me—for instance, this morning: Sam Cooke singing “Touch the hem of His Garment.”
Wide-legged black pants and dark, pointy low heels peeked out from under the hem of her floor-length coat.
My mother on the other hand immediately took down the hem of my skirt in an effort to help me avoid detention.
Cynthia replied by repeatedly kissing the hem of the Duchess's garment.
hem is always written for him in this MS., and so with other words.
Dirham kissed the hem of the pasha's garment and promised that he would carefully perform everything.
Men alleweys fynden Latyneres to go with hem in the contrees.
Baste the other side of the band down, and hem as on the right side.
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.
If þei wer þe first þat schuld puplysch þese grete myracles of her mayster, men myth sey of hem, as Crist ded of þe Pharisees, þat þei magnified her owne hemmys. [John Capgrave, "Life of Saint Gilbert of Sempringham," 1451]
late 15c., probably imitative of the sound of clearing the throat. Hem and haw first recorded 1786, from haw "hesitation" (1630s; see haw (v.)); hem and hawk attested from 1570s.
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.
Variant of hemo-.
of a garment, the fringe of a garment. The Jews attached much importance to these, because of the regulations in Num. 15:38, 39. These borders or fringes were in process of time enlarged so as to attract special notice (Matt. 23:5). The hem of Christ's garment touched (9:20; 14:36; Luke 8:44).