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!
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Cursing under his breath and with his face all scrunched up, my father tried his best to fix my hair.
Cursing under his breath, Deadpool pulls his mask back and begins going through the dead man's grocery bag.
JOE SCHMIDT could have been forgiven for cursing under his breath when he learned of Brian O'Driscoll's Six Nations selection intervention.
When he eventually headed towards the tunnel he lashed out at a corner flag and was visibly cursing under his breath.
But it was not so much those shots as two earlier putts that had the 39-yearold Spaniard cursing under his breath.
But it was not so much those shots as two earlier putts from less than six feet- and, of course, a two-stroke penalty on Sunday for hitting sand in a bunker with his club as his ball fell back in it - that had the 39-year-old Spaniard cursing under his breath.
Burrows had Earnshaw cursing under his breath when he was taken off against Chelsea last week.
An angry Afridi, who made 41, stood his ground for a while before walking off slowly cursing under his breath.
But the Spaniard must have been cursing under his breath as a storm blew in from the Sahara, halting play twice and leaving him 13 over for 12 holes - TWENTY- ONE strokes behind leader Des Smyth.
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