curse (someone) under (one's) breath

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curse (someone) 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 cursing the boss under his breath as he walked back to his desk after his annual review. If you curse under your breath around me again, I'll tan your hide so quick it will smart for a week!
See also: breath, curse
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When I shout at you for spilling your milkshake all over the lounge floor, and bark at you for not coming off the XBox when I've told you about 700 times, and when I curse under my breath when I'm picking up the 403rd item of clothing from your bedroom floors, I still love being your mum.