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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When he eventually headed towards the tunnel he lashed out at a corner flag and was visibly cursing under his breath.
He could have been forgiven for cursing under his breath as Salford swept into a 10-4 lead with two early tries from Andy Coley.
But it was not so much those shots as two earlier putts that had the 39-yearold Spaniard cursing under his breath.
But it was not so much those shots as two earlier putts from less than six feet- and, of course, a two-stroke penalty on Sunday for hitting sand in a bunker with his club as his ball fell back in it - that had the 39-year-old Spaniard cursing under his breath.
Burrows had Earnshaw cursing under his breath when he was taken off against Chelsea last week.
An angry Afridi, who made 41, stood his ground for a while before walking off slowly cursing under his breath.
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