After much hemming and hawing, he finally settled on a single word to describe the finale: "victorious."
After 500 pages of hemming and hawing by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Roethlisberger was never criminally charged.
“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.
"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.