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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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(10) 'Stop!' he growled to me; and wiped his hot face with his hand.
(13) 'Blest if I believe such a Poll Parrot as you was ever learned to speak!' growled Mr Riderhood.
(14) 'Why, what the blazes is in the wind now!' growled a deep voice.
(15) 'Come in, d'ye hear?' growled this engaging ruffian.
(16) 'Didn't know, you white-livered thief!' growled Sikes.
(17) 'Do you hear?' growled Sikes, as Oliver hesitated, and looked round.
(18) 'Now, then!' growled Sikes, as Oliver started up; 'half-past five!
You've thought better of it, have you?' growled Sikes, marking the tear which trembled in her eye.
Here, the defendants made a prima facie showing of entitlement to summary judgment as a matter of law by demonstrating that they lacked knowledge of a vicious propensity of the dog, and demonstrated that their dog had never been previously aggressive, growled, bared his teeth or bit anyone before, and did not exhibit any signs of viciousness.
"Jim's a nice guy," Gabriel growled. "With you beside him, he'll find it easier to stay sober" - words that (to Shelleyvision at least) seemed strangely familiar.
The trainer and his kennel people could not safely feed the dog, as he growled and snarled first when food was put down, later when they were just approaching and eventually escalating to where he would not allow them to enter his kennel.
TALKING toy Tigger was withdrawn from stores yesterday after complaints he growled "w***r".
But a Geordie customer who bought the toy for his girlfriend in Gateshead raised the alarm, claiming it growled the obscenity.