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Meaning of "hem and haw" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HEM AND HAW

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WHAT DOES HEM AND HAW MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Speech disfluency

A speech disfluency, also spelled speech dysfluency, is any of various breaks, irregularities, or non-lexical vocables that occurs within the flow of otherwise fluent speech. These include false starts, i.e. words and sentences that are cut off mid-utterance, phrases that are restarted or repeated and repeated syllables, fillers i.e. grunts or non-lexical utterances such as "huh", "uh", "erm" and "well", and repaired utterances, i.e. instances of speakers correcting their own slips of the tongue or mispronunciations. "Huh" is claimed to be a "universal" syllable.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HEM AND HAW

hem
hemachrome
hemacytometer
hemagglutinate
hemagglutinin
hemagog
hemagogue
hemal
hemangioma
hemangiomata
hematein
hematemesis
hematic
hematin
hematine
hematinic
hematite
hematitic
hematoblast
hematoblastic

WORDS THAT END LIKE HEM AND HAW

autorickshaw
bashaw
Bradshaw
Byam Shaw
chaw
Crashaw
crenshaw
haw
haw-haw
hawkshaw
heehaw
hum and haw
kickshaw
oakenshaw
pshaw
rickshaw
scrimshaw
shaw
thaw
trishaw

Synonyms and antonyms of hem and haw in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «hem and haw» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HEM AND HAW

Find out the translation of hem and haw to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of hem and haw from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «hem and haw» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

哼哼和唧唧
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

dobladillo y Haw
570 millions of speakers

English

hem and haw
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हेम और बड़बड़ाना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تنحنح و الزعرورة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Подол и боярышника
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Hem e Haw
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

হেম এবং হা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

bafouiller
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Hem dan haw
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Saum und haw
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ちゅうちょする
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

밑단 과 산사 나무의 열매
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Hem lan haw
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hem và haw
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஹேம் மற்றும் ஹே
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

हेम आणि झाडे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kenarı ve çetesi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

orlo e haw
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

lamówka i haw
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Поділ і глоду
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

tiv și haw
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

στρίφωμα και haw
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

hom en Haw
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

nertill och haw
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hem og haw
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of hem and haw

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HEM AND HAW»

The term «hem and haw» is normally little used and occupies the 127.229 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HEM AND HAW» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about hem and haw

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HEM AND HAW»

Discover the use of hem and haw in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to hem and haw and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in ...
With Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Spencer Johnson realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change--an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable.
Spencer Johnson, 1998
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HUMAR RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE: WITH 300 MODELS, ...
The story revolves around two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two little people Hem and Haw. They live in a maze and spend their time running around, looking for, finding and eating cheese. Cheese is a metaphor for what we want to have in life:  ...
SRINIVAS R. KANDULA, 2003
3
Organizational Change: Creating Change Through Strategic ...
Later that same day, Hem and Haw [Littlepeople] arrived ... They had not been paying attention to the small changes that had been taking place each day, so they took it for granted their cheese would be there ... “What! No Cheese?
Laurie K. Lewis, 2011
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Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership
The essence of the book is a story about a maze and its four inhabitants: two mice named Sniff and Scurry and two “little people” named Hem and Haw. Life is good because they have found a place in the maze where they reliably discover a ...
Lee G. Bolman, Terrence E. Deal, 2013
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Mist
Sniff, Scurry, Hem, and Haw. All four characters are trying to find their favorite cheese in a mouse maze. As they went to go find it in the same usual place it was always found at, the cheese was gone. Two of the characters, Sniff and Scurry, ...
Veronica Therrien, 2013
6
Modern American Poetry(Annotated)
Bliu Canaan HEM AND HAW Han and Haw were the eons of in, Created tn shally and shirk; Hem lay 'round lm'l le looked on While God did all the work. Hem was a logy, and Haw was a mix. For both had the dull, dull mind; And whenever ...
Untermeyer, 2013
7
Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry
The Conservative Movement leadership can be compared to the character "Hem" in the widely read parable of "Who Moved My Cheese."12 In this story two "little people," Hem and Haw, discover that after many years of f1nding and enjoying ...
Scott A. Shay, 2007
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Textual Translation and Live Translation: The Total ...
... The harsh rasp of the sawmill haw-haw vi The guys haw-hawed and the girls giggled, He just haw-hawed at my threat haw vi He began to hem and haw without knowing what to say hawk vi He chain-smokes and hawks frequently heehaw vi ...
Fernando Poyatos, 2008
9
Popular Mechanics
If it's one you wish was through, Do it now; If you're sure the job's your own, Don't hem and haw and groan- Do it now! Don't put off a 'bit of work, Do it now! It doesn' t pay to shirk, Do it now! If you want to fill a place And be useful to the race, Just ...
10
The Cultural Work of Corporations
Part two of the book is that story: a tale of two mice (named “Sniff” and “Scurry”) and two “littlepeople” (named “Hem” and “Haw”) who live in a maze. The mice, as rodents are wont to do, run through the maze in search of food to eat each day.
Megan Brown, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HEM AND HAW»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term hem and haw is used in the context of the following news items.
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Slowing the Wall Street-Washington Revolving Door | Craig Holman
... as regulatory agencies hem and haw and debate endlessly. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for example, with most of its ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
2
Southern NH under attack
There is no time to waffle and hem and haw about this assault upon New Hampshire, now is the time to take a stand, whether you are directly ... «Monadnock Ledger Transcript, Jul 15»
3
How Does an Aspiring TV Writer Get Discovered by an Agent?
Following up. Thanks!” Caveat: If your friends hem and haw about passing it on, they're either crappy friends, or your script needs more work. «Splitsider, Jul 15»
4
I wasn't sure if I should read the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman …
... the potential manipulation of Lee has since closed, but many people (myself included) continued to hem and haw about if we should read it. «Boston.com, Jul 15»
5
The NY Times Asked A Bunch Of White Female Tennis Players …
... standing in stark contrast to her daintier competitors, who literally hem and haw over whether adding more muscle tone might give them more ... «The Frisky, Jul 15»
6
The China Fake Out
We're not going to hem and haw about any of the exact specifics, rather we're going to take a birds eye view of the situation. China announced ... «Seeking Alpha, Jul 15»
7
Davalynn Spencer: It's applying the thought that counts
The would-be giver might hem and haw about how he couldn't afford that kind of gift. Then give me flowers, for crying out loud. Lately, I've ... «Canon City Daily Record, Jul 15»
8
Veruca Salt On Reuniting & Getting Over "Enormous Egos"
There's less time to hem and haw over things. You're less precious. I remember we axed a video for 'Number One Blind' because we we were ... «Refinery29, Jul 15»
9
Mel Kilberg: Trump adds pizazz
He doesn't hem and haw when answering questions because, unlike all the other Republican candidates, he tells us exactly what he's going to ... «News & Observer, Jul 15»
10
Murphy not afraid to use quick hook
"You go with the information you get, the staff is great. You go with it, what you think and what you believe. When you hem and haw, that's a bad ... «U-T San Diego, Jul 15»

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