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Hem in   /hɛm ɪn/   Listen
Hem in

verb
1.
Surround in a restrictive manner.
2.
Surround so as to force to give up.  Synonyms: beleaguer, besiege, circumvent, surround.






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"Hem in" Quotes from Famous Books



... be lodged in each individual. No gain of personal experience is of avail to the others. No advantages remain, save those physically transmitted. The narrow limits of personal gain and personal inheritance rigidly hem in sub-human progress. With us, what one learns may be taught to the others. Our life is social, collective. Our gain is for all, and profits us in proportion as we extend it to all. As the human soul develops in us, we become able to grasp more ...
— The Forerunner, Volume 1 (1909-1910) • Charlotte Perkins Gilman



Words linked to "Hem in" :   beleaguer, assail, ring, attack, surround, environ, circumvent, ebb, seal off, besiege, blockade, border, hedge, skirt



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