murmur against

murmur against (someone or something)

To mutter, whisper, or grumble in an angry, disgruntled manner about someone or something. We all left the meeting murmuring against the additional hours we'd have to work, but, in the end, what choice did we have? Instead of just murmuring against the boss like you always do, why don't you register a complaint with HR?
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murmur against someone or something

to grumble about someone or something. Everyone was murmuring against the manager. The citizens will begin murmuring about the government soon.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The ignorant began to murmur against me, and to say that I wanted to bring the days of the corvee back again; this made me anxious to finish this important work, that they might speedily appreciate its benefits.
A| They are very reverent to the Father Ministers A| but at the same time they make fun of them, they murmur against them, and they even sell them out.
In my 13 and one-half years at the magazine, plus four as an in-town contributing editor, I never--literally never--heard a single member of the staff criticize Priscilla, or murmur against her in any way.
Indeed, Confucius seems to have a personal relationship with Heaven in that he prayed to Heaven and knew that Heaven can be offended: "He who is against Heaven has not none to whom he can pray." He felt that only Heaven could really understand him, and this understanding was the basis of his mission in life: "I do not murmur against Heaven.
His companions on the journey began to murmur against him, to question his origins and to criticize his teachings.
In the Pentateuch, the children of Israel murmur against Yahweh, Moses, and Aaron throughout their wilderness wanderings (Exod.
We murmur against the Lord when we should be praising him for his countless blessings.
Benedict taught not to murmur against anything that might be sent," Griffin recalls in Scattered Shadows, "but to give thanks for it because it would destroy self-love, and leave the way clear for the love of God.
Greg Rusedski advanced with barely a murmur against Austrian qualifier Jurgen Melzer, though in the interests of drama he did contrive to lose his serve in the third set.
Third Division Cowdenbeath were crushed without a murmur against last season's beaten Cup finalists.