mutter (something) under (one's) breath

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mutter (something) under (one's) breath

To murmur something in such a soft, quiet voice that others cannot hear it distinctly. (Said especially of rude, unpleasant, complaining, or impertinent remarks.) I could hear Bill muttering something under his breath on the way back to his desk after his annual review. Don't you dare mutter curse words under your breath at me, young lady!
See also: breath, mutter
References in classic literature ?
He muttered something under his breath which startled the waiter at his elbow.
My dad muttered something under his breath in exasperation.
The driver had scowled at her as he'd pocketed her money and muttered something under his breath that she couldn't catch, although the words daft wee lassie had featured in there somewhere.
Peter shook his head and muttered something under his breath.
Looking at us, tears on our faces, my father muttered something under his breath and pulled on his galoshes.
He shook his head in alarm as we approached him with our gift, muttered something under his breath and veered off in a circle before ducking out of sight in the players' area.
MailSport understands the real argument ignited when the Ryder Cup star muttered something under his breath - and the security guard stepped in to give HIM a row.