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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Harry cursed under his breath, gutted that he couldn't spend longer in the house.
Keohane cursed under his breath as he watched McConnell approach and stuffed his rag into the back pocket of his work pants.
Ashley looked at his watch again and cursed under his breath.
While the victors embraced at midcourt, a visibly upset Holdren cursed under his breath and kicked at advertising signage that surrounded the court.
I'm sure such an extreme solution would never enter the head of Greg Nichols, but there would be forgiveness in heaven if, on his way down the Strand today to the High Court, he cursed under his breath the legal profession for the number of times they have got in the way of the BHB's plans for the future of racing.
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