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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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The local guides were very thoughtful and considerate of us beginners and, at the same time, were quite amused when we city slickers oohed and ahhed over the beauty that surrounded us.
The computer ummed and ahhed for a moment, then told me to proceed, its fingers steepled.
Inspired by the girls' attire at your brother's first Eucharist, you begged me to Google "first Communion dress" and oohed and ahhed at the selection.
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We had the house staged, and everyone that came to see it just oohed and ahhed over it.
As the kids, including his twin boys, oohed and ahhed at the manufacturing process on display before them, they also absorbed the fun, interesting possibilities available through math and science.
I ummed and ahhed and L'Avenir recalled sweet shop Sarsaparilla tablets.
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