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What is another word for hem and haw?

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To speak evasively or indirectly, typically to avoid addressing something
“After being asked about his whereabouts the previous night, Brian began to hem and haw, skillfully avoiding any direct admission or explanation.”
To avoid providing a clear answer or statement
“During the press conference, the politician chose to hem and haw when asked about his stance on the controversial policy, cleverly avoiding giving a clear answer.”
To be hesitant or show reluctance
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To equivocate or be evasive
To waste time through aimless wandering or indecision
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To speak stammeringly or with indecision
To alternate back and forth between directly opposite opinions, ideas, or decisions
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