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Synonyms for ahem

the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat


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-- the gentleman says 'ahem!'" I looked sternly at my friend while I thus addressed him; for, to say the truth, I felt particularly puzzled, and when a man is particularly puzzled he must knit his brows and look savage, or else he is pretty sure to look like a fool.
"Dammit," observed I -- although this sounded very much like an oath, than which nothing was further from my thoughts -- "Dammit," I suggested -- "the gentleman says 'ahem!'"
"Ahem!" replied my friend, taking off his coat, with a deep sigh, tying a pocket-handkerchief around his waist, and producing an unaccountable alteration in his countenance by twisting up his eyes and bringing down the corners of his mouth -- "ahem!" And "ahem!" said he again, after a pause; and not another word more than "ahem!" did I ever know him to say after that.
"Ahem!" here replied Toby, just as if he had been reading my thoughts, and looking like a very old sheep in a revery.
"Ahem! ahem!" said the Rocket, and he began to cough.
Ahem! Honeychurch, I have just telegraphed to them.'"
Only let me remind you, it's quite needless he should hear more of your adventures or those of -- ahem -- Mr.
But curling is not football and our boys Scotland, ahem, I mean Great Britain, are ranked second in the world.
Hadi Wardan, a member of the local authority for Sharis in Hajja, said the situation in Ahem is very hazardous and that people were the victims of two devils, fighting Houthi tribesmen and landmines.
Gordon swaps Glasgow for Essex as he gets sett - ahem - to oversee the antics of a family of badgers living in the subS urbs..
Attorneys involved in this sale were: Allan Cramer of Cramer & Ahem, Westport, for the buyer; and David Erdos, Stamford, for the seller.
The relatively straightforward breakup reminiscence "Littlest Things" softens her up just enough, but she's at her best when facing down anyone who gets in her way, be they social phonies ("Friend of Mine"), mean-spirited door people ("Friday Night"), or exboyfriends who are, ahem, ill-equipped ("Not Big").
So when the ICC reveal umpire Darrell Hair has been left off the list for the Champions Trophy in India because of, ahem, 'security reasons' you might have expected Indian authorities to go along with the nudge-nudge wink-wink stuff.
This issue's cover story, an interview with, ahem, me, explores some of those consequences.