hem

Part of speech: verb

To border; edge; shut in; restrict.

Part of speech: verb

To throw off by coughing; cough; stammer.

Part of speech: noun

A folded edge of cloth sewed down on the inner side.

Part of speech: noun

A sound made, as in clearing the throat; ahem.

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Usage examples "hem":

  1. I suppose he has written to her and explained that he has lost the right even to touch the hem of her garment. - "A Top-Floor Idyl", George van Schaick.
  2. The civilization of New York may and does hem in a desolation as fearful in kind as that of Jerusalem, and involves sufferings as keen, and wakes up instincts as fiercely selfish. - "Humanity in the City", E. H. Chapin.
  3. Wolfgar knelt before her, gazed for one instant into her eyes, and then with head bowed, brushed the hem of her robe to his face. - "Tarrano the Conqueror", Raymond King Cummings.