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  • v. Present participle of harrumph.


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  • I notice that the publisher of A Million Little Pieces, while ostensibly sticking by the embattled James Frey, is starting to cover its own ass, as in harrumphing that Frey "represented to us that his version of events was true to his recollections."

    Step away

  • PPTV works through anonymous snobbery, internet investigations, lounging on Wednesdays, boutique "harrumphing", "working" with cleats on, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

    The Cruelty of Fate: Victimized Velos

  • I'd think if this was such a balanced situation ( "both sides 'eagerness"), Andy could have provided at least one link to the "harrumphing" that's making him so queasy.

    Greg Saunders: "Playing Politics" With Predatorgate

  • I can just imagine the pissed up faces in the marquees on the river terraces at the HOC, all drinking our taxes and 'harrumphing' at the noise coming from a very slow barge full of indignant citizens, belting out amplified noise and complaint!

    Speaker Changes Route of Justice for England March

  • My 'harrumphing' comment earlier was solely around my impression of diktats from on high changing goalposts on squadron identity, which I think is vital in giving a sense of belonging which soldiers (rather than officers) who never move between squadrons need - if I am wrong, I dont have a problem with withdrawing it - (see above).

    Army Rumour Service

  • Not to worry: staffers are proving their mettle with some nifty major league hemming and hawing and harrumphing and walking back that statement faster than a toddler can spit milk through his nose.

    Will Durst: Mr. Nuzzle & Muzzle

  • Small, roll-up curtains reveal four colorful rooms behind the facade, one each for the preening stepsisters Clorinda and Tisbe downstairs, and two upstairs for their harrumphing father Don Magnifico, the down-at-heel Baron of Montefiascone, while sweet and sprightly Angelina gets the cinders and the scullery in the middle.

    'La Cenerentola' Sparkles on the Paris Stage

  • There was Marx and Engels harrumphing in the background; the legacy of the Six Day War; the Falklands; Rhodesia/Zimbabwe to be discussed; and, eventually, the rise of Big Bad Maggie Thatcher and Britain's brief conservative interlude.

    Ashley Rindsberg: On Hitchens

  • While one can only speculate on how much these tiny collectibles may one day be worth, there was much harrumphing about a certain artist painting the labels of Campbell's tin soup cans less than half a century ago.

    Mat Gleason: On Arts Patronage, Corporate America Should Take a Hint From Hint Mint

  • I have never been to the British Museum, so for me its leather chairs still creak under harrumphing old colonels with handlebar moustaches, wheezing tubercular poets in frayed brown sweaters, and Karl Marx.

    Secrets of the Crypt - Arthur Phillips talks about how he came to write The Egyptologist


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