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English definition of “hem sb in”

hem sb in

phrasal verb with hem     /hem/ verb [T] (-mm-)
to surround someone and prevent them from moving or doing what they want to do: When they reached Trafalgar Square , the demonstrators were hemmed in by the police .Enclosing, surrounding and immersing
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