hemmed hemmed  /ˈhɛmd/


  1. (n) the edge of a piece of cloth; especially the finished edge that has been doubled under and stitched down
  2. (n) the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
  3. (v) fold over and sew together to provide with a hem
  4. (v) utter `hem' or `ahem'


  1. The lake is a seven-mile stretch of deep blue mountain water, rimmed by high pine-forested ridges and fed by a brawling, canyon-hemmed river.
  2. With these two key towns taken, the remnants of Benito Mussolini's Imperial Forces were completely hemmed in.
  3. Within many a capitalist country, the free market is being steadily hemmed in by the power of omnipresent government regulators, mass unions and giant corporations.


  • 5 Charts to Trade After Bernanke's Comments

    BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Yesterday's trading session was quiet -- a little too quiet. Investors spent the whole day lying in wait for FOMC minutes and Fed Chairman Bernanke's comments at an NBER conference, but when they finally came, they couldn't figure out what to do. 5 Stock Setting Up to Break Out The S&P 500 hemmed and hawed after the 2 p.m. minutes release, looking a whole lot more like ...
    on July 11, 2013     Source: TheStreet.com


  1. "We talked a lot about him," South Florida coach Jim Leavitt said. "We didn't want to let him get outside - we wanted to keep him hemmed up inside. ...... He's such a great back. If he gets out, he's gone."
    on Oct 30, 2009 By: Jim Leavitt Source: USA Today

  2. "Our start was unbelievable," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "We were physical. We had them hemmed in. We made two mistakes, and they scored two goals, and that was pretty much it. They sat back, and Hasek didn't make a mistake."
    on May 7, 2007 By: Ron Wilson Source: Forbes

  3. "We got hemmed in pretty well the whole third period," MacDonald said. "We got some penalties, and they fed off it. The first two periods, we didn't give them a whole lot of time. I thought we played pretty well. We didn't let their...
    on Apr 2, 2009 By: Joey MacDonald Source: Newsday

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