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 the two got off on their floor, I cursed under my breath as my key card wouldn't work to stop on mine.
I've shaken my fist at Woody, cursed under my breath, even threatened Woody with the shotgun.
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