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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.
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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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Although African-Americans make up the majority of homeless persons served at the AAHS (as well as of our sample group), African Americans comprise only approximately one-quarter of the general population in the Athens metropolitan area.
Fitch expects that AAHS will grow into its debt burden over time as it continues to benefit from solid volume growth due to the increased capacity.
Through the first quarter, AAHS produced an operating margin of 0.
0% and also at a greater frequency than that observed among AAHS control or saline placebo recipients are shown in Table 1.
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AAHS' strategic partnership with Johns Hopkins Health System's (rated 'AA-' with a Stable Outlook by Fitch) attests to the system's sound clinical quality and good service area growth prospects in addition to providing AAHS with an opportunity to expand its service area and clinical capabilities with a very strong partner.
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ABC Oscar red-carpet host Chris Connelly revealed that Moore had won the most thumbs-up for her emerald gown but that everyone agreed it was Jennifer Garner who provoked the most oohs and aahs from the male reporters.
The first walk through the new $9 million library produced oohs and aahs from the crowds.
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