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  • n  the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.

  • Profiled and promoted in media as diverse as 60 Minutes, Rolling Stone and, ahem, PTI, he was bound to disappoint.
  • Two dozen women ranging in age from teenagers to, ahem, sexagenarians handed out index cards and held up orange poster boards with the message "No Two Alike," while two .
  • From highbrow art to mass-market gewgaws, transparency--a visual trend popularized earlier by Apple's coveted iMacs--was the year's clear (ahem) buzz word.
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  • Paul Cornell in The Olympian
    There's, ahem, a barrier of darkness that cuts our heroes off from any more modern fiction,Cornell explained.
  • Vidya Balan in Spicezee
    When asked as to what really led to that, Vidya says, "If someone (ahem ahem) who matters to you talks you down, it can break you. That someone whose approval mattered to me started to constantly find faults with me. It started reflecting on me. At...
  • Brad Pitt in Entertainment Weekly
    Sorry about this,Brad Pitt says, contorting his body into a mess of angles and elbows to hide behind a low wall and light up. "Actually, I'm less worried about the paparazzi catching me than someone, ahem, who doesn't know I still smoke...

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