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    Question "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Hi there,

    May I know the right Phrasal verb or verb When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Thanks.

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    Re: "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Let them down.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Radman View Post
    Hi there,

    May I know the right Phrasal verb or verb When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Thanks.
    You could also say "let down" or "let out" the hem.

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    Re: "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    I consider "letting out" to be making something wider, rather than longer.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You could also say "let down" or "let out" the hem.
    Yes, but it is used with pants/trousers and the context makes it clear.

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    Re: "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes, but it is used with pants/trousers and the context makes it clear.
    I would be a little confused if I heard "My trousers are too short. I must let out the hem". Like ems, I take 'let out' to mean 'make wider'.

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    Re: "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I would be a little confused if I heard "My trousers are too short. I must let out the hem". Like ems, I take 'let out' to mean 'make wider'.
    I understand but then there is this (and others): hem - Dictionary Definition : Vocabulary.com

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    Re: "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    It must be another BrE/AmE difference.

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    Re: "Phrasal verb " When my trousers are short and I want to make it longer?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It must be another BrE/AmE difference.
    I am not a seamstress, and that phrase seems odd to me also. But I just reported what I found.

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