“It was the only part of the script I was hemming and hawing over whether to use the language from the comic book,” Vaughn said.
After much hemming and hawing, he finally settled on a single word to describe the finale: "victorious."
After some hemming and hawing, Yusaf finally replied with, “Why do you have to insult the Prophet?”
After much hemming and hawing—because everything moves slowly in the palace—they said yes.
After 500 pages of hemming and hawing by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Roethlisberger was never criminally charged.
"I have thought of a subject," said the little tailor, turning very red, and hemming and hawing a great deal.
Humming and hawing are ludicrous embellishments to a discourse.
She knew the humming and hawing gentleman—had heard him often before.
Whereupon the three were silent, save for a trifle of hemming and hawing.
Here Beethoven, after humming and hawing with great sweetness, said "Heigho," and the Andante came to an end.
"hesitate in speech," 1580s, imitative. Related: Hawed; hawing. The noun in this sense is from c.1600. Haw-haw "style of affected enunciation" is from 1841, imitative.