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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 ummed and ahhed about it but eventually said 'Oh go on then!'.
"We ummed and ahhed about bringing a container over from Australia because it costs about $8,000.
Dr Ravindra Sankhla, gynecologist at the hospital said he noticed something wrong while trying to take out the placenta, and referred the family to Ummed Hospital in Jodhpur.
He then "referred her to Ummed Hospital in Jodhpur," where doctors found the fetus's head still inside Kanwar's womb and informed the family members of the victim.
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 Crown ummed and aahed about it all day and eventually at five to four, he was given a fiscal's release.
Taj will host the British aviator at Taj Dubai, The Gateway Hotel Ummed in Ahmedabad, The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi and Taj Bengal in Kolkata.
Red lines have disappeared as soon as they have been etched, and four years have dragged on, with hundreds of thousands of deaths, and no end in sight, while the U.S., supposedly the superpower the world is stuck with, has ummed and ahhed, not seeming to have any clue how to progress.
I ummed and ahhed and L'Avenir recalled sweet shop Sarsaparilla tablets.
I ummed and ahhed and recalled sweet shop Sarsaparilla tablets.
I ummed and ahhed and " The Pinotage Association says: "We will never stop pursuing better and better quality pinotage.