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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.
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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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