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hum with activity

Fig. [for a place] to be busy with activity. The kitchen hummed with activity as usual. Our main office was humming with activity during the busy season.
See also: activity, hum

hum and haw

  (mainly British) also hem and haw (American & Australian)
to take a long time to say something and speak in a way that is not clear, in order to avoid giving an answer He hemmed and hawed and finally admitted taking the money. (mainly British)
See also: and, haw, hum


  (American informal)
disappointing or not very interesting It was a ho-hum speech, no big deal really. He still thinks soccer is kind of ho-hum and not worth watching.


mod. dull; causing yawns of boredom. (Ho-hum is a representation of the sound of a yawn.) Clare played another ho-hum concert at the music hall last night.

hum job

and hummer
n. a sexual act involving holding the penis in the mouth while humming. (see also humdinger.) He asked for a hum job, so she hummed him a lullaby.
See also: hum, job
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Catchy and hummable, it will echo long after you put the CD down.
Their mellow voices and intergalactic wonder - filtered through hummable and gently psychedelic kraut rock - take up where The Beta Band stopped off.
He did, of course, inherit Tchaikovsky's incomparably hummable score - the second act alone is a veritable top 10 of ballet tunes subliminally absorbed into mainstream culture - and was aided immeasurably by John Macfarlane's extraordinary designs.
Expect subtle folk-pop that's not afraid to include a hummable hook.
Fully formed hummable tunes with sing-along choruses don't lend themselves to symphonic development: they are either transformed beyond recognition - negating the work's selling point - or the symphony becomes a "spot the tune" exercise and its musical worth is vitiated.
Fortunately, audiences saw beyond that and simply listened to the great tunes, which are as hummable now as they were when first composed in 1875.
What sets Marlowe apart from the many bands on the cusp of hitmaker status is an ability to write music that is eminently hummable, clever and classic, without sounding as if it has been covered, copied or stolen from their parents' record collection.
Any fan of big musicals will know this instantly hummable line from Barry Manilow's hit musical Copacabana which proved such a big hit in Huddersfield last year.
EVERY so often a female singer songwriter comes along with a debut that's more than just pretty and hummable.
Yet they wanted to create something warm, very familiar and comfortable to children, with songs that were hummable, plus soothing music to help little ones relax and go to sleep.
It lacks percussive propulsion, guitar grit, or hummable hooks--the very stuff that endeared these otherwise experimental mumblers to millions.
Had a horse called Silver and a sidekick called Tonto and the most hummable theme tune of the 1950s.
FOR all its hummable tunes - and there are many - West Side Story has a dark heart.
Against The Wheel bring together intense rock and hummable hooks.
It's one of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's earliest works featuring some of their most hummable songs, flawlessly performed in this latest revival.