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English definition of “ahem”

ahem

exclamation     /əˈhəm/ mainly humorous
used to represent the little cough that someone makes to express slight embarrassment, enjoyment, doubt, or disapproval, or to attract attentionSounds used as interjectionsInterjections
(Definition of ahem exclamation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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