ahem

[ pronounced with a small scraping sound accompanied or followed by a nasal; spelling pronunciation uh-hem, hem ]SEE DEFINITION OF ahem
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A symbol, a symbol of the bonds which are crushing the brave spirits of our—ahem!

I am—a—sure, indeed, convinced, that I love you—ahem—considerably.

I respect the natural indignation of an outraged father, but—ahem!

That's a pretty good piece of property over there and some day—Ahem!

She is—ahem—visiting me and she is attending the Misses Cabot's school.

If you obey him and read the Bible regularly, you will—ahem!

The law of averages informed him that you would get back to your––ahem!

Champion after champion went down before me like—went down like—Ahem!

He won't come near this creek, or my name's not—ahem—Mr. Crow.

Well, but how are you sure that—ahem—the Almanac person is also plural, Sir Tiglath?

WORD ORIGIN

attention-getting interjection, 1763, lengthened from hem, imitative of clearing the throat.

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