The edge of a piece of cloth or clothing that has been turned under and sewn.
- Top-stitched hems on denim garments tend to curl up to the outside.
- I sewed the armhole and neckline hems with a scant 1/4" seam; the bottom hem is about l/2".
- It features a left chest patch pocket, a clean front, and a shirttail hem.
verb (hems, hemming, hemmed)[with object] Back to top
1Turn under and sew the edge of (a piece of cloth or clothing).
- Moreover, overlocking seams and hemming garments are not necessary because the fabric doesn't fray.
- Construct the reversible top following the same method as for the jumper - so the lower hemmed edges hang free of each other.
- After measuring and cutting the canopy and headboard panel, narrowly hem the edges or bind them with coordinating binding strips.
2 (hem someone/something in, usually be hemmed in) Surround and restrict the space or movement of: he was hemmed in by the tables
More example sentences
- She tried to shrug, but the close walls hemmed her in, so she just made a face.
- I know that the two guys were hemmed in by record company restrictions, but this is almost completely mainstream stuff.
- Already train operators are hemmed in by high regulatory walls.
Old English, 'the border of a piece of cloth'. The verb senses date from the mid 16th century.
Words that rhyme with hemahem, Belém, Clem, condemn, contemn, crème de la crème, em, gem, Jem, LibDem, phlegm, pro tem, rem, Shem, stem, them
Used in writing to indicate a sound made when coughing or clearing the throat to attract someone’s attention or express hesitation.
- In truth I had slept about 3 hours and breakfast had been a pint of Stella ah hem.
- Still staying off the sugar and to be honest, the proof will come when, eh hem, that other monthly thing arrives.
- Wang apparently forgot to ask about the keys for the machine when he purchased it for the, uh hem, bargain price of $75 off a man in East Harlem.
verb (hems, hemming, hemmed)[no object] archaic Back to top
Late 15th century: imitative.
- North American Hesitate; be indecisive: I waste a lot of time hemming and hawing before going into actionMore example sentences
- But even though they were on discount, I hemmed and hawed.
- However, after a few more minutes of hemming and hawing, his curiosity got the better of him and he unfolded the paper.
- After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust.
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