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Definition of hem verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



hem somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hem
he / she / it hems
past simple hemmed
-ing form hemming
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  • to make a hem on something to hem a skirt
  • Idioms
    hem and haw (informal)
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    to take a long time to make a decision or before you say something We hemmed and hawed for weeks before deciding to buy the house.
    Phrasal Verbshem somebody/somethingin
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hem

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