mutter (something) under (one's) breath

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mutter (something) under (one's) breath

1. To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks 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 muttered under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, muttering curses under his breath.
2. To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks 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 muttered under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, muttering curses under his breath.
See also: breath, mutter
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While some of the ladies sitting closeby raise their eyebrows and mutter under their breath, 'children', I have to concede that he does have a point.
People who talk back during debates, speeches and TV newscasts no longer have to mutter under their breath or shout in vain.
She revealed: "Some people are brave enough to approach me while others mutter under their breath, 'Look at that baby', and come past pretending not to look.
Fat chance, some at Newcastle may mutter under their breath.
She said: "People would mutter under their breath if they saw me on the tube, One man shouted, `Hey, you're bonking your brother, aren't you?
A few days with the party faithful must be something of a strain these days, as some of your friends mutter under their breath and plot against you.