verb (used with object), hemmed, hem·ming.
- helvétius, claude adrien,
- hem and haw,
- hem in,
Origin of hem1
verb (used without object), hemmed, hem·ming.
Origin of hem2
Examples from the Web for hem
Such products are not suited for the rigours of public life, and need to be adapted, at the very least by sewing in hem weights.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions|Tom Sykes|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If I could sum it up in a few choice words, I would, but instead I hem and haw, before stumbling through some rambling rejoinder.Fear And Self-Loathing In Scandinavia: The Fiction Of Karl Ove Knausgaard|Ted Gioia|May 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Music, too, can dismantle me—for instance, this morning: Sam Cooke singing “Touch the Hem of His Garment.”
Tessie rose, unrolled her scented handkerchief, and taking a bit of gum from a knot in the hem, placed it in her mouth.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kate, sweetie, you really need to get some hem weights fitted to your clothes.New Wardrobe Malfunction Today Suggests Kate REALLY Needs Hem Weights|Tom Sykes|June 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He choked, recovered himself, and continued: "Disreputable quarters of Algiers—hem———"The Mission Of Mr. Eustace Greyne|Robert Hichens
Taking the half close to first group, knot the strands together one half inch from the hem.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft|Effie Archer Archer
And knowing all this, he knew that he had touched the hem of the garment of the Christ-understanding.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
Less essential are the orphreys on the hem of the arms and the fringes along the slits at the sides and the lower hem.
The stick in the hem on the lower edge of the shade is supplied with a screweye, A, at each end.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
verb hems, hemming or hemmed (tr)
Word Origin for hem
verb hems, hemming or hemmed
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.