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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.
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mutter about someone or something

to grumble or complain about someone or something. Are you muttering about me? What is your complaint? Why is everyone muttering about the food here? It is excellent.
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mutter something about someone or something

to say something softly and indistinctly about someone or something. I heard him mutter something about being late. Sharon is muttering something about Dave. What does she mean?
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*under one's breath

Fig. [spoken] so softly that almost no one can hear it. (*Typically: curse ~; curse some-one or something ~; mutter ~; mutter something ~; say something ~.) John was muttering something under his breath, and I don't think it was very pleasant. I'm glad he said it under his breath. If he had said it out loud, it would have caused an argument.
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under your breath

to say something quietly so that others cannot hear your exact words The passenger next to me was angry over the delay and kept grumbling about the airline under his breath.
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under your breath

if you say something under your breath, you say it very quietly so that people cannot hear the exact words 'I don't believe you.' she muttered under her breath.
See catch breath, Don't hold your breath, waste breath
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As for the muttering, I'm partly doing the Mr Angry thing when I find an area of desecration and talking my way through what I'd like to do to the morons who damage this little oasis of nature.
Tony Oursler's installation Below, 1996, is less like an oddball discovery from another world than an object inhabited by a potentially malevolent spirit, in this case a muttering head (projected, like most of Oursler's works, onto a sphere that both gives the head body and distorts it).
Actors muttering can be testing, you find you have missed a line.
And after being tackled by a viewer, Hall said: "I don't want to sound like a grumpy old man, but I also think muttering is something we could have a look at.
And also the person to whom I am married, or to whom I was married 11 minutes ago, is a mysterious changeable country whom I try to simply savor and appreciate rather than attempt to understand or, God help us all, predict in any way, shape, or form whatsoever, such predilection to prediction being the surest road to muttering at the bus stop.
Portillo last week was quick to insist he was not doing the muttering against Mr Quiet.
Roissy I (the terminal in the shape of a drum with escalators in transparent tubes slashing diagonally across its dreary central space) so lacks any notion of directionality because of its circular plan that disorientated travellers wander round muttering to themselves in rage and bewilderment.
How we forget Biloxi, Mississippi, a decade before, where no witnesses spoke to cameras, how a brown man in army uniform was pulled from the bus by police when he sneered at the custom of the back seat, how the magistrate proclaimed a week in jail and went back to bed with a shot of whiskey, how the brownskinned soldier could not sleep as he listened for the prowling of his jailers, the muttering and cardplaying of the hangmen they might become.
As these accessories become more commonplace, there will be fewer people thinking you're muttering to yourself when you're actually speaking on a cell phone.
The decidedly uncosmopolitan citizens of Paul Haggis' balkanized Los Angeles live and work cheek to jowl with a rainbow coalition of races and ethnicities, all the while muttering and screaming a common string of racial epithets and slurs at their unloved neighbors.
They then heard the suspect muttering to himself and handling firearms inside another house, Cudworth said.
The audio to two pieces, JLG/JLG--autoportrait de decembre (1994) and Le Gai Savoir (1968), filled the space with an ambient muttering and underlined the difference between a film series and an art piece.
A frequent standee at performances, Jorden recalls the night he was ejected by a Met security guard who, while muttering "faggot" under his breath, accused him of trying to sell Parterre Box on the premises.