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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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It came about a couple of days before the deadline, Middlesbrough were umming and ahhing about what was going on," Christie told GETWESTLONDON.
It's silly when you think back but nobody knew what had happened to Jill and why, and while I was umming and aahing they decided they wanted somebody else.
With their failings laid bare on live television, you would not be surprised if someone who has been umming and aahing about the prospect of joining Sunderland's fight decided it was not for them.
AFTER much umming and ahhing, it seems the World Club Challenge will go ahead after all in 2018.
I have been battling through each tournament and umming and arr-ing at training but the time has come to get it done.
We managed to manipulate well, as they were umming and ahhing whether to take the new ball or use their front line bowlers as they knew we were following on.
But May is umming and ahhing, wanting to pick and choose from what's effectively a set menu of measures to help the environment.
Now if you're one of those people who annoy their friends when you go out for meal by umming and aahing over what to order for longer than is probably acceptable, you might want to swot up on Zaap's menu online before you go as there are so many mains to choose from.
The pool here is amazing, everyone was umming and aahing about the facilities and saying that they might not be finished.
There's some umming and ahhing, there's more tension, probably because there's fewer officers and more work to do.
Ripon is no stranger to high-profile cycling events, with stage one of the 2014 Tour de France passing through the town, and when asked if Pendleton's presence was the reason they had also attended, John replied: "With the rain we were umming and ahhing about whether to come along, but her being here swayed it.
Is Harrison Ford's umming and ahhing over whether to resurrect a pensionable Indiana Jones governed by anything other than the fact he'd quite like a bigger pool in the back garden of his Bel Air pile?
Trust your gut, listen to yourself, and stop umming andaaahing.
Umming and aahing in how to deal with a long ball to admittedly pacey Josh King, by the time he made up his mind King was ahead an the desperate attempt to reach the ball brought him down.
And, while Day and Thompson made for an affable pair, I couldn't shake the nagging feeling the whole thing was moving at a leisurely canter when it should have galloped, with long sequences dedicated to the pair umming and ahhing over what boots to buy or squabbling over whether it's permissible to use stock cubes in spag bol.