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ahem

[pronounced with a small scraping sound accompanied or followed by a nasal; spelling pronunciation uh-hem, hem] /pronounced with a small scraping sound accompanied or followed by a nasal; spelling pronunciation əˈhɛm, hɛm/
interjection
1.
(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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Examples for ahem
  • The intellectual property embedded in some devices may not, ahem, have been paid for.
  • If only there were a way to deliver topically deliver nitric oxide, which is a gas, directly to the-ahem-area in question.
British Dictionary definitions for ahem

ahem

/əˈhɛm/
interjection
1.
a clearing of the throat, used to attract attention, express doubt, etc
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Word Origin and History for ahem
ahem
attention-getting interj., 1763, lengthened from hem, imitative of clearing the throat.
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