curse (someone or something) under (one's) breath

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curse (someone or something) under (one's) breath

To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks (toward someone or something) in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. "You'll get what's coming to you one of these days," Janet cursed under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, cursing his parents under his breath. My dad spent nearly an hour trying to fix the engine on the side of the road, cursing the broken-down truck under his breath the whole time.
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Keohane cursed under his breath as he watched McConnell approach and stuffed his rag into the back pocket of his work pants.
Ashley looked at his watch again and cursed under his breath.
While the victors embraced at midcourt, a visibly upset Holdren cursed under his breath and kicked at advertising signage that surrounded the court.
I'm sure such an extreme solution would never enter the head of Greg Nichols, but there would be forgiveness in heaven if, on his way down the Strand today to the High Court, he cursed under his breath the legal profession for the number of times they have got in the way of the BHB's plans for the future of racing.
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