hem in

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hem in (third-person singular simple present hems in, present participle hemming in, simple past and past participle hemmed in)

  1. To surround and enclose in a way that restricts movement.
    • 2017 March 27, “The Observer view on triggering article 50”, in The Observer[1]:
      The average British family is now hemmed in by multiple, authoritative predictions of stagnant or falling wages, higher food and fuel prices, an ongoing sterling devaluation, collapsing social care and public services and increased, regressive indirect taxation.
    • 2020 May 20, Paul Bigland, “East London Line's renaissance”, in Rail, page 48:
      The area now has an even more impressive web of railway junctions and lines than ever - especially as new stabling sidings have been added to take the pressure of [sic] the cramped Overground depot site at New Cross, which is hemmed in between running lines ([...]).