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 for haw
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Haw \Haw\ (h[add]), n. [OE. hawe, AS. haga; akin to D. haag
     headge, G. hag, hecke, Icel. hagi pasture, Sw. hage, Dan.
     have garden. [root]12. Cf. Haggard, Ha-ha, Haugh,
     Hedge.]
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     1. A hedge; an inclosed garden or yard.
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              And eke there was a polecat in his haw. --Chaucer.
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     2. The fruit of the hawthorn. --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Haw \Haw\, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Anat.)
     The third eyelid, or nictitating membrane. See Nictitating
     membrane, under Nictitate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Haw \Haw\, n. [Cf. ha an interjection of wonder, surprise, or
     hesitation.]
     An intermission or hesitation of speech, with a sound
     somewhat like haw! also, the sound so made. "Hums or haws."
     --Congreve.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Haw \Haw\, v. i.
     To stop, in speaking, with a sound like haw; to speak with
     interruption and hesitation.
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           Cut it short; don't prose -- don't hum and haw.
                                                    --Chesterfield.
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     hemming and hawing speaking hesitantly and inarticulately,
        with numerous pauses and interjections.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Haw \Haw\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hawed (h[add]d); p. pr. & vb.
     n. Hawing.] [Written also hoi.] [Perhaps connected with
     here, hither; cf., however, F. huhau, hurhau, hue, interj.
     used in turning a horse to the right, G. hott, h["u], interj.
     used in calling to a horse.]
     To turn to the near side, or toward the driver; -- said of
     cattle or a team: a word used by teamsters in guiding their
     teams, and most frequently in the imperative. See Gee.
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     To haw and gee, or To haw and gee about, to go from one
        thing to another without good reason; to have no settled
        purpose; to be irresolute or unstable. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Haw \Haw\, v. t.
     To cause to turn, as a team, to the near side, or toward the
     driver; as, to haw a team of oxen.
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     To haw and gee, or To haw and gee about, to lead this way
        and that at will; to lead by the nose; to master or
        control. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hawthorn \Haw"thorn`\ (h[add]"th[^o]rn`), n. [AS.
     haga[thorn]orn, h[ae]g[thorn]orn. See Haw a hedge, and
     Thorn.] (Bot.)
     A thorny shrub or tree (the Crat[ae]gus oxyacantha), having
     deeply lobed, shining leaves, small, roselike, fragrant
     flowers, and a fruit called haw. It is much used in Europe
     for hedges, and for standards in gardens. The American
     hawthorn is Crat[ae]gus cordata, which has the leaves but
     little lobed.
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           Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade
           To shepherds?                            --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  haw
      n 1: a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus
           Crataegus [syn: hawthorn, haw]
      2: the nictitating membrane of a horse
      v 1: utter `haw'; "he hemmed and hawed"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "haw":
     avert, bear off, draw aside, ease off, edge off, falter, fly off,
     gee, glance, glance off, go off, halt, head off, hem, hem and haw,
     hesitate, hum, hum and haw, jib, make way for, mammer, move aside,
     sheer off, shove aside, shunt, shy, shy off, side, sidestep,
     sidetrack, sidle, stammer, steer clear of, step aside, stumble,
     stutter, switch, turn aside, turn away, turn back, veer off
  
  

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