hem in - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyhem in
he/she/ithems in
present participlehemming in
past tensehemmed in
past participlehemmed in
  1. 1
    to enclose someone or something and prevent them from moving or leaving

    A white van hemmed me in.

  2. 2
    to prevent someone from making their own choices or doing what they want

    Don’t hem in your child with endless restrictions.

See also main entry: hem