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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Some will be cursing under their breath asking where they went wrong in life why the leaders care only for themselves and when the next meal will come from.
"I saw people cursing under their breath and some didn't come in some days because they couldn't take it.
The vendors are silently cursing under their breath. No one is putting the issue on the table and discussing it."
"The fine people" (cursing under their breaths) express great sympathy and agree, of course, to free "the fine young man" from his obligation.
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