Phrasal Verbs

hem in

This page is about the phrasal verb hem in


to restrict someone's movement, or to limit someone's freedom


constrain (formal)

For example

  • hem sb in Ronaldo was hemmed in by defenders, so he couldn't get a shot on goal.

  • be hemmed in by sth Louis had always felt hemmed in by social conventions and the pressure to conform.

Quick Quiz

When they reached Government House, the protesters were hemmed in by

a. bad weather

b. rows of police

c. anti-government speeches

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