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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.
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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He was released in January 2010, reportedly in exchange for the release of Peter Moore, a computer consultant who had been kidnapped with four security guards in May 2007 by the AAH.
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Quantum has had a successful relationship with AAH since 2008 and under the terms of the contract extension, Quantum will continue to be the exclusive supplier of specials and special obtains - hard-to-source medicines or products that are not available from main pharmaceutical wholesalers - to AAH for the next five years, together with the provisions of certain order handling, procurement and distribution services.
Quantum had a successful relationship with AAH since 2008 and under the terms of the new contract extension, Quantum will continue to be the exclusive supplier of specials and special obtains -- hard-to-source medicines or products that are not available from main pharmaceutical wholesalers -- to AAH for the next five years, together with the provisions of certain order handling, procurement and distribution services.
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At the same time, Maleki wants to bring to power Asa'eb Ahl ul-Haq (AAH), a thuggish Shi'ite militia which has become a local branch of the Quds Force (external arm of Iran's ruling Islamic Revolutionary Corps - IRGC) at the expense of nationalist Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who has 40 seats in the Council of Representatives (parliament) and seven ministers in the government.