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    • Join Date: Feb 2006
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    #1

    nods and hems

    Hello!

    In Joyce's Dubliners, the expression "demure nods and hems" is used when, Maria, in the short story "Clay" is talking to a stranger in the tram.

    What does "hem" means? I could not find it in the dictionary. (Or anything more helpful than "The border or edge of a piece of cloth")

    thank you!

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    • Join Date: Jun 2006
    • Posts: 620
    #2

    Re: nods and hems

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    hem: hesitate in speech
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hem
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