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growl at (someone or something)

To make a low, guttural sound or speak in this manner. We slowly backed away as the dog growled at us. The old man growled at me to get out of his yard.
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growl out

To speak so that one's voice has a low, guttural tone or quality. A noun or pronoun can be used between "growl" and "out." I bolted after the old man growled out a command to get out of his yard.
See also: growl, out

let out (some sound)

To utter some loud, forceful sound. I let out a shriek when the dog suddenly jumped on me. The lion let out an intimidating roar.
See also: let, out
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

growl at someone or something

to snarl at someone or something. Don't growl at me like that. The dog growled at the cat.
See also: growl

growl something out

to say something with a sound like growling or snarling. Jane growled a few words out. She growled out a few words and the gates opened for us.
See also: growl, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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