Definition of hem and haw in English:

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hem and haw

North American Hesitate; be indecisive: I waste a lot of time hemming and hawing before going into action
More example sentences
  • But even though they were on discount, I hemmed and hawed.
  • However, after a few more minutes of hemming and hawing, his curiosity got the better of him and he unfolded the paper.
  • After my son hemmed and hawed awhile, my grandson finally spoke up in disgust.
Synonyms
hesitate, dither, vacillate, be indecisive, equivocate, waver
informal blow hot and cold, shilly-shally
See parent entry: hem
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