In writing, ahem is used to show that someone is being ironic. Ahem is also used to show that someone wants to get another person's attention. convention
It is not unknown for valuable display items to go, ahem, missing.
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary
ahead along, at an advantage, at the head, before, forwards, in advance, in front, in the foreground, in the lead, in the vanguard, leading, on, onwards, to the fore, winning
1 advance, be successful, cut it (informal) do well, flourish, get on, make good, make one's mark, progress, prosper, succeed, thrive
2 excel, leave behind, outdo, outmanoeuvre, overtake, surpass
n (informal) assent, authorization, consent, green light, leave, O.K. or okay (informal) permission
adj ambitious, enterprising, go-getting (informal) pioneering, progressive, up-and-coming
advance, begin, continue, go forward, go on, proceed, progress
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