below (one's) breath

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below (one's) breath

Quietly. Often used to describe an aside that one has muttered. What did you just said below your breath? Come on, say it to my face! He's always saying things below his breath, and it gets on my nerves! Why can't he just speak up with some confidence?
See also: below, breath
References in classic literature ?
he asked below his breath, as he stood beside me at the window, affecting to be making observations on the weather.
smote his forehead involuntarily, and said below his breath, 'Impossible
A bathroom bolt," he cried below his breath, "and no bath in the room
And they likewise, bound upon the Wheel, go forth from life to life - from despair to despair,' said the lama below his breath, 'hot, uneasy, snatching.
I never was more serious in my life," he continued below his breath.
They stood beside the helmsman at the wheel, the look-out in the bow, the officers who had the watch; dark, ghostly figures in their several stations; but every man among them hummed a Christmas tune, or had a Christmas thought, or spoke below his breath to his companion of some bygone Christmas Day, with homeward hopes belonging to it.