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hem and haw

To speak in an evasive, vague, roundabout way in order to avoid responding to a question or making a definite statement. The phrase comes from the common filler words often used by habit or when one is deciding what to say. How much longer do we have to hear this guy hem and haw? I wish they would get on with the debate.
See also: and, haw, hem

hum and haw

To speak in an evasive, vague, roundabout way in order to avoid responding to a question or making a definite statement. The phrase comes from the common filler words often used by habit or when one is deciding what to say. Primarily heard in UK. How much longer do we have to hear this guy hum and haw? I wish they would get on with the debate.
See also: and, haw, hum

hem and haw (around)

Inf. to be uncertain about something; to be evasive; to say "ah" and "eh" when speaking—avoiding saying something meaningful. Stop hemming and hawing around. I want an answer. Don't just hem and haw around. Speak up. We want to hear what you think.
See also: and, haw, hem

hem and haw

Be hesitant and indecisive; avoid committing oneself, as in When asked about their wedding date, she hemmed and hawed, or The President hemmed and hawed about new Cabinet appointments. This expression imitates the sounds of clearing one's throat. [Late 1700s]
See also: and, haw, hem

hem and haw

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hum and haw

BRITISH
If you hem and haw or hum and haw, you take a long time to say something because you cannot think of the right words, or because you are not sure what to say. Tim hemmed and hawed, but finally told his boss the truth. My mother hummed and hawed at first, but eventually she sent her agreement. Note: People sometimes use hum and ha with the same meaning. Abu hummed and ha-ed a little.
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hum and haw (or ha)

hesitate; be indecisive. British
The word hum has been used as an inarticulate syllable in hesitant speech since Chaucer; ha appears in a similar role from the early 17th century.
See also: and, haw, hum

hem and haw

To be hesitant and indecisive; equivocate: "a leader who cannot make up his or her mind, never knows what to do, hems and haws" (Margaret Thatcher).
See also: and, haw, hem

hem and haw

To refuse to give a definite answer. “Hem,” similar in derivation to the interjection “ahem,” meant to hesitate. “Haw” meant much the same sense of being noncommittal. Combine the two, and you have someone who's stalling for time and hoping not to have to respond any further.
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In March this year, Haw was forced to move his camp onto the pavement, in accordance with a high court ruling obtained by the London mayor.
The name Haw originated with the Sissipahaw Indians living in small villages along the river before the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century," McRitchie said.
Mr Haw, who was not evicted from Parliament Square, said his large anti-war display had been "completely destroyed".
Mr Haws was eventually arrested, but to the consternation of those certain members of the Government, the courts upheld his legitimate right to protest.
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MOURNERS gathered to pay their respects to Midland anti-war campaigner Brian Haw, who died from lung cancer aged 62.
Mr Haw was born in Barking, Essex, and grew up in Whitstable in Kent, but lived more recently with his wife Kay and seven children in Redditch, Worcestershire.
The legacy of Chris Haw, 25, who collapsed from an undiagnosed heart condition, will see top bands appear at Southport's Victoria Park in July in a bid to raise awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).
ANTI-war campaigner Brian Haw yesterday marked six years of peace protest opposite Parliament.
Now the Sunday Mirror can reveal that monitoring Mr Haw in future could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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But last night Labour's Shadow Scots Secretary George Robertson accused SNP leaders of giving him "a feeble slap on the wrists" for his Lord Haw- Haw remark.