HyperDic: hem_in

English > 2 senses of the expression hem in:
VERBcontacthem insurround in a restrictive manner
competitionhem in, besiege, beleaguer, surround, circumventsurround so as to force to give up
English > hem in: 2 senses > verb 1, contact
MeaningSurround in a restrictive manner.
PatternSomething ----s something
Narrowerhedgehinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
Broadersurround, environ, ring, skirt, borderExtend on all sides of simultaneously
English > hem in: 2 senses > verb 2, competition
MeaningSurround so as to force to give up.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsbesiege, beleaguer, surround, circumvent
Narrowerblockade, seal offimpose a blockade on
ebbhem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb
Broaderattack, assaillaunch an attack or assault on
Spanishasediar, cercar, sitiar

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