\ əm; after p, b, f or v, often ᵊm\

Definition of 'em

: them

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Is a homer haven for a guy who’s given up 27 of ‘em in his last 120 innings, streets roll up at 10 PM. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's TML: Knee-jerking our way through Cincinnati Reds season is not smart," 10 May 2018 The kitchen turns out tasty and quick staples like burgers, grilled cheese and tatchos (don't ask, just order 'em). Susan Selasky And Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Auto Show: Fuel up at more than 25 nearby bars and restaurants," 20 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of 'em

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 'em

Middle English hem, from Old English heom, him, dative plural of he

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