(an utterance similar to the sound of clearing one's throat, used to attract attention, express doubt or a mild warning, etc.)
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How to use ahem in a sentence
One might say (ahem) that in Beijing on Wednesday the atmospherics were everything.Obama and Xi Jinping Say They’ll Work Together to Save Environment | Ben Leung | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
US Airways inadvertently tweeted an—ahem—racy photo involving a lady and a toy plane.
The singer beat (ahem) charges of a woman claiming he injured her in a nightclub due to insufficient evidence.Bryan Cranston As Lex Luthor, Madonna Tops Highest Paid Celebs List | Culture Team | August 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
One, I had no idea cute little ducks were such violent (ahem) pricks.
A full spread (ahem) of his work is now in a show at Invisible-Exports gallery in New York.
You've got to go on, and the more you agree—ahem—the less you'll disagree, see?The Varmint | Owen Johnson
Her politics, system of education, customs, and arts will be of—ahem!Humour of the North | Lawrence J. Burpee
Before I had time to make any remark, however, upon so singular a circumstance, he interrupted me with a second "ahem!"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
He commenced once more, with an ahem, which gave me a better inkling than frankness of what bothered him.Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
"Well, I'm going to set up with her to-night," said Seffy again, with a huge ahem.
British Dictionary definitions for ahem
a clearing of the throat, used to attract attention, express doubt, etc
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