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Definition of ahem exclamation from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

ahem

 exclamation
exclamation
NAmE//əˈhɛm//
 
, NAmE//əˈhm//
 
 
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used in writing to show the sound of a short cough made by someone who is trying to get attention, or to say something that is difficult or embarrassing Ahem, can I make a suggestion?
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