Definition of hem verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hem

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//hem//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hem//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hem
BrE BrE//hem//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hem//
 
he / she / it hems
BrE BrE//hemz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hemz//
 
past simple hemmed
BrE BrE//hemd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hemd//
 
past participle hemmed
BrE BrE//hemd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hemd//
 
-ing form hemming
BrE BrE//ˈhemɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (hemming, hemmed) hem something to make a hem on something to hem a skirt
  • Word Origin Old English ‘border of a piece of cloth’, of West Germanic origin. The verb senses date from the mid 16th cent.Idioms
    hem and haw(North American English)(British English hum and haw)
     
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    (informal) to take a long time to make a decision or before you say something More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
    Phrasal Verbshem in somebody
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hem