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um and ah

To be hesitant or indecisive, especially when speaking out loud about a decision. "Um" and "ah" are common filler words used by habit or when one is deciding what to say. Try not to um and ah so much when you're considering a counter-proposal—it's not professional. It felt like that guy ummed and ahed for five minutes before he gave me his order. Which was a burger and fries, by the way.
See also: ah, and, um

ˌum and ˈaah (about something)

(also ˌhum/ˌhem and ˈhaw less frequent) (informal) speak but say nothing important because you need more time to think about a problem, matter, etc: He ummed and aahed for about half an hour and then finally said he would lend me the money.After a lot of umming and aahing, he finally said yes to the plan.
Um, aah, etc. are sounds that people make when they hesitate or do not know what to say next.
See also: aah, and, um
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It bought AAH (then the UK's leading pharmaceutical wholesaler) in 1995 going on to acquire Lloyds Chemists in 1997.
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AAH workers felt that they would not have had the opportunity to monitor effectively the scheme and counter any possible fraud.
Although the newly identified toxin, labeled AaH IT4, doesn't rank among the most potent scorpion poisons, it stands out in its ability to smile both mice and insects, says Loret, now at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
2 The 2014 study "Designing Team Rooms for Collaboration in the Outpatient Clinics," by Jennifer DuBose, Lisa Lim, and Ross Westlake, was funded by an AAH Foundation grant and focused on clinical care team configurations and how well they support staff effectiveness and efficiency.
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Drahomira Bila, 48, of Colston Street in Newcastle, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to the theft of pounds 523 of prescription drugs from her former employer, AAH Pharmaceuticals.
AaH has emerged as a Shi'ite fighting force to be reckoned with, responsible among other things for a rocket attack on Baghdad's Green Zone on July 4.