Hem-and-haw meaning

(idiomatic) (US) To discuss, deliberate, or contemplate rather than taking action or making up one's mind.

If you hem and haw long enough, someone else will do it first.

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To mumble and procrastinate in one's speech, especially with a reply to a hard question or with voicing a decision on a topical matter; to evade a question, giving vague answers; to equivocate.
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Origin of hem-and-haw

  • hem + and + haw
    From Wiktionary