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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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He ummed and ahhed about it but eventually said 'Oh go on then!'.
"Tourists seemed blissfully unaware and 'oohed' and 'ahhed'.
It put me in mind of when Pete and I went to Venice a few years back and, along with some eight zillion like-minded, reverent pilgrims, oohed and ahhed over the horses atop St Mark's basilica (which are exact replicas - the originals are inside now, to spare them from pollution - but both versions pack a substantial artistic punch).
Found on the DSM IV axis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, it reads like this: "One who frets, sweats, fears or smears any factory firearm, in original condition." Those afflicted want to "stand out at the firing range by either having the most accurate gun, or simply, the coolest gun, to be envied, oohed and ahhed, at the range." Sound familiar?
I had always ummed and ahhed about whether I would do it but on the phone I immediately said yes.
"For the last 10 years they've ummed and ahhed about things like who's paying for the road so in the end the Welsh Government intervened to pay for it.
WILLIAM HAGGAS, who ummed and ahhed about running Sea Of Class in the Investec Oaks, has another tricky decision on his hands after seeing the emerging filly prove too good for her rivals in the Listed feature.
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.
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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The judges ummed and ahhed about the different tastes and textures but I could have told them within a second that much of it was rotten.
"We ummed and ahhed about whether we should do that for so long, but Brett says despite break-up never fell it was actually the label and our management that really pushed us.
And even better, having oohed and ahhed at some of the jawdropping waterside real estate (and reached for the sunglasses when chugging past Cyndi Lauper's pink pad), we had the ultimate foodie experience - the Dock & Dine.
The crowd just oohed and ahhed. The pet show was now calm.