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
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'Even here,' said Nicholas softly, 'we used to loiter before we knew what death was, and when we little thought whose ashes would rest beneath; and, wondering at the silence, sit down to rest and speak below our breath. Once, Kate was lost, and after an hour of fruitless search, they found her, fast asleep, under that tree which shades my father's grave.