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ahem

attention-getting interjection, c. 1600, lengthened from hem, which is imitative of clearing the throat.

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Definitions of ahem from WordNet

ahem (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.;
Synonyms: hem
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