hemmed in by college debt and a persistently weak economy, almost 40 percent of the unemployed are between 20 and 34.
Sounding indecisive, Whitman hemmed and hawed about the different kinds of negative ads.
As he stopped on stage at a West Point auditorium on Tuesday night, President Obama knew he is hemmed in.
On the left, they are hemmed in by the pact of solidarity among self-identified oppressed groups.
From the late 1970s until 2009, the non-defense, non-healthcare portions of the federal budget had been hemmed and restricted.
Plainly we were in their hands, and had to pay whatever Talib chose, as we might be hemmed in at any moment.
Nicholas hemmed once or twice, and seemed to have some difficulty in proceeding.
They had at that time been hemmed in on all sides, and were especially harassed by a fort erected in their neighbourhood.
Wentworth hemmed and tapped on the desk with the end of his lead pencil.
Night had fallen now, and a darkness, musky with autumn weeds, hemmed in the sphere of yellow light on the old piazza.
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.
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).