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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhem in
he/she/ithems in
present participlehemming in
past tensehemmed in
past participlehemmed in
  1. 2
    to prevent someone from making their own choices or doing what they want
    Don’t hem in your child with endless restrictions.
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