"verbal shrug"
(expresses that the speaker considers something to be "second best", not the first choice in moments of decision. The long form would be something like "Okay, if A is not possible then B". It can lean to many angles depending on how you say it)
"sorry but"
(people also use it to low-key defend their statements against counters by implying that it's not their fault. Read the articles for more details :))

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The meaning and use of German "halt"

A fun look at the meaning of German "halt" and an interesting insight into why native speakers use it all the time.

Advent Calendar 2019 - Halt 2.0

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