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harrumph

verb [I] uk   /həˈrʊmf/ informal mainly humorous us  
to express anger and disapproval, often not by speaking but making a noise: I didn't hear what he said - he sort of harrumphed and walked off. [+ speech] "Absolute nonsense!" harrumphed the colonel.
Translations of “harrumph”
in Chinese (Traditional) 發哼聲(以表示異議或憤怒)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 发哼声(以表示异议或愤怒)…
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