Значение идиомы hem and haw

[hem and haw] {v. phr.} 1. To pause or hesitate while speaking, often with little throat noises.

The man was a poor lecturerbecause he hemmed and hawed too much.

2. To avoid giving a clearanswer; be evasive in speech.

The principal asked Bob why he waslate to school, and Bob only hemmed and hawed.

Compare: BEAT AROUNDTHE BUSH.


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