hemming and hawing

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speaking hesitantly and inarticulately, with numerous pauses and interjections.

See also: Haw

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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So what's all this hemming and hawing and hedging around the Recto Bank issue?
But there's also the opposite camp that advises against hemming and hawing or dragging one's feet.
After a bit of hemming and hawing, she told the group that there was $12 Million dollars currently available and the final total would be around $15 million.
Behind the scenes, president Lyndon B Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) is hemming and hawing as to whether to accede to the movement's voting demands.
Campbell said after the game, which Gateshead won 2-0: "I was hemming and hawing about making the move, but I just thought, 'I want to play games week in, week out'.
With 14 or 15 public works projects to start more or less simultaneously as the Aquino government's lasting gift to the people of the Philippines and it became so very obvious that "sacrifices" needed to be made by one and all, the call was out to hurry up - after months of hemming and hawing - the delivery of 48 new trains to add to the Metro Rail Transit.
In response Obama's hemming and hawing answer was presumably to be taken as either irony, humility, or both.
AFTER much hemming and hawing, the Shiv Sena finally dismantled the makeshift memorial for its chief Bal Thackeray from Shivaji Park on Tuesday.
At a time when you hear hemming and hawing nearly every day about which way the economy is headed., attending Luxe Pack NY on May 16-17 left no doubt.
A hurricane, a holiday, and hemming and hawing behind them, there was no more delaying the inevitable yesterday for students squeezing out the last sweet drops of leisure.
Too much of the dialogue consists of hemming and hawing about hemming and hawing; Brooks' screenplay is talky without saying anything, busy without accomplishing much, and the camerawork whisks us into nostril-and-eyebrow territory for far too many close-ups.