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ho hum

  
, ho-hum  
1    You can use ho hum when you want to show that you think something is not interesting, remarkable, or surprising in any way.  
INFORMAL  
ho hum      phrase  
  (feelings)   
My general reaction to this news might be summed up as `ho-hum'...     
2    You can say ho hum to show that you accept an unpleasant situation because it is not very serious.  
INFORMAL  
ho hum      exclam  
  (feelings)   
Ho hum, another nice job down the drain.     
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ho hum   , ho-hum  
1    You can use ho hum when you want to show that you think something is not interesting, remarkable, or surprising in any way.  
INFORMAL  
ho hum             phrase  
  (feelings)   
My general reaction to this news might be summed up as `ho-hum'...     
2    You can say ho hum to show that you accept an unpleasant situation because it is not very serious.  
INFORMAL  
ho hum      exclam  
  (feelings)   
Ho hum, another nice job down the drain.     

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hum     ( hums    3rd person present)   ( humming    present participle)   ( hummed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something hums, it makes a low continuous noise.  
The birds sang, the bees hummed...      V  
There was a low humming sound in the sky.      V-ing  
      Hum is also a noun., n-sing   oft the N of n  
...the hum of traffic...     
2       verb   When you hum a tune, you sing it with your lips closed.  
She was humming a merry little tune...      V n  
He hummed to himself as he opened the trunk.      V  
3       verb   If you say that a place hums, you mean that it is full of activity.  
The place is really beginning to hum...      V  
On Saturday morning, the town hums with activity and life.      V with n  
4       convention   Hum is sometimes used to represent the sound people make when they are not sure what to say.  
Hum, I am sorry but I thought you were French.     
5   
    ho hum  
    hum and haw  
    haw  


ho hum   , ho-hum  
1    You can use ho hum when you want to show that you think something is not interesting, remarkable, or surprising in any way.  
INFORMAL  
ho hum      phrase  
  (feelings)   
My general reaction to this news might be summed up as `ho-hum'...     
2    You can say ho hum to show that you accept an unpleasant situation because it is not very serious.  
INFORMAL  
ho hum      exclam  
  (feelings)   
Ho hum, another nice job down the drain.     

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hum

  
1    bombinate or bombilate     (literary)   buzz, croon, drone, mumble, murmur, purr, sing, throb, thrum, vibrate, whir  
2    be active, be busy, bustle, buzz, move, pulsate, pulse, stir, vibrate  

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hump, human, humid, humor

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