hemming hemming  /ˈhɛ mɪŋ/


  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. Perhaps that's because the left, with all its hemming and nuancing, is more willing to accept imperfection and failure, which are inherent in art.
  2. The non-Fox news agencies have resisted honest and open journalism by hemming themselves in to extreme liberal political correctness.
  3. He was about to snatch a handbag, and his accomplice was already seated next to the target, hemming her in against the window.


  1. Hardliners still split as Iran election campaign ends

    By Jon Hemming DUBAI (Reuters) - Campaigning in Iran's presidential election ended on Thursday, a day before the vote in which the sole moderate candidate has an outside chance of stealing victory from his hardline rivals. Hardliners have failed to agree on a unity candidate, potentially splitting their vote and improving the chances of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani to progress to a run-off poll ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Nuclear negotiator Jalili edges ahead in Iranian election race

    By Jon Hemming DUBAI (Reuters) - Steadfastly loyal to Iran's supreme leader, Saeed Jalili has taken a tough line with the West as chief nuclear negotiator and is now a leading contender in the June 14 presidential election with a slick campaign and pledges to fix the faulty economy. With two prominent, more pragmatic candidates disqualified from running, the race is now dominated by conservative ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Iranian hardliner drops out of election, narrows field for allies

    By Jon Hemming DUBAI (Reuters) - A conservative former parliament speaker dropped out of the June 14 Iranian presidential election on Monday in a move to consolidate the hardline vote and lessen the chances of an upset favoring a moderate candidate. The 12-man Guardian Council, largely under the sway of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had already barred all but eight of the 686 people who ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "I had nothing else," said Howard, who is hoping to become just the eighth skip in Brier history to repeat as champion. "It makes it easier. When you have options, you start hemming and hawing. There was no other choice. There was no other...
    on Mar 14, 2008 By: Glenn Howard Source: CBC.ca

  2. "They came out real quick, and we knew they played last night, so we knew if we could hang on......it would probably start to show. We did a good job of hemming them in, especially in the second period, and I think it wore them out a bit....
    on Nov 13, 2009 By: Brian Pothier Source: USA Today

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