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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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But when I'm sat in a bar having a quiet pint someone invariably comes in and asks the bar staff if they know where there's karaoke on and after much umming and ahing they point to me - because I'm never very far away from the bar - and shout "Andy will know!".
"First and foremost, I aim to enjoy the experience - not least because until a few weeks ago, I was 'umming and ahing' about whether to even have an indoor season."