curse (someone or something) under (one's) breath

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curse (someone or something) under (one's) breath

To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks (toward someone or something) in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. "You'll get what's coming to you one of these days," Janet cursed under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, cursing his parents under his breath. My dad spent nearly an hour trying to fix the engine on the side of the road, cursing the broken-down truck under his breath the whole time.
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I don't mind admitting to road rage - but that is confined to cursing under my breath while smiling sweetly at whichever numpty has annoyed me.
And if the 3am wake-up call isn't bad enough, I'm then implored to get up for the day at the joyful hour of 5am which naturally sets me up nicely for a full day's work before returning home, going to bed, and cursing under my breath again come 3am.
Cursing under my breath at Bush-Cheney stickers on cars
Dear Editor, -Having just struggled round the scrum hunting for sale bargains in the Bullring and cursing under my breath as I did so, it suddenly occured to me that we are already taking this fantastic new facility for granted.
My husband caught me cursing under my breath at Mass.
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