under (one's) breath

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under (one's) breath

Spoken in such a soft, quiet voice that others cannot hear it distinctly. "You'll get what's coming to you one of these days," Janet muttered under her breath.
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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

in a very quiet voice; almost inaudibly.
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under your ˈbreath

in a whisper (= a low voice), so that others cannot hear: He muttered something under his breath. OPPOSITE: out loud
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