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Tom Steinbach is the guy who keeps the Ocomonomoc River and all its tributaries and lakes clean (ahem, like Lac La Belle and Fowler Lake).
And, true to her, ahem, reputation, the 2017 MTV VMAs were no different: Perry wore nine ensembles total, all of which were appropriately OTT and formidable contenders for a spot among the most memorable outfits in the award show's history.
Ostriches, by the way, often have sticky fingers, ahem, beaks.
What an episode for touching (longing?) gazes between potential family members, completely awful plans, ignoring the single most important development of this series thus far (ahem, Sam) and of course, impending doom.
Now, nearly half a century later, the program is—ahem—under water by $24.6 billion.
This explains why the toilet currently sits perfectly upright, as if awaiting the return of, ahem, Captain John.
The gloaming setting, the dead girl at the heart of the narrative, the casual use of the gory or grotesque, even the ominous synth theme (ahem, Stranger Things)—these have all become familiar tropes.
The team’s closer — Francisco Rodriguez — is in the minors, hoping to get another chance, ahem, with Washington.
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Origin and Etymology of ahem
First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
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Definition of ahem for English Language Learners
—used in writing to represent a sound that is like a quiet cough that people make especially to attract attention or to express disapproval or embarrassment
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