curse under (one's) breath

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curse under (one's) breath

To utter obscene or blasphemous remarks in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that others are unable to hear or understand them clearly. Steven stormed away from his parents and into his room, cursing under his breath the whole way. My dad spent nearly an hour cursing under his breath as he tried to fix the engine on the side of the road.
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Unfortunately, when this is the case, many students put down their pens in frustration, sometimes while muttering curses under their breath, at precisely the time when they should be diligently recording this information.
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