Definition of hem and haw
- The question surprised her and she hemmed and hawed a bit before answering.
- The city council hemmed and hawed for a year before deciding to build the new school.
: a border of a cloth article doubled back and stitched down
: rim, margin
: to finish with a hem
: border, edge
: to surround in a restrictive manner : confine
: to utter the sound represented by hem
often used to indicate a vocalized pause in speaking
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