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without a murmur

Without any protest or complaint; in silent compliance. The protesters were arrested without a murmur, and each stepped silently into the police van. I was shocked when I assigned a 10-page paper and my students just sat there without a murmur. Maybe they were still asleep.
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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 at (one)

To mutter or whisper (something) to one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "murmur" and "at" to specify what is being said. She kept murmuring at me throughout the car ride so her parents wouldn't hear her, but I couldn't hear her either! I could hear two students murmuring at each other at the back of the class.
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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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murmur at (someone or an animal)

to say something softly or indistinctly to someone or an animal. Stop murmuring at me. Speak up! Gene sat alone, murmuring at his favorite cat for over an hour.
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(do something) withˌout a ˈmurmur

(do something) without complaining: She paid the extra money for the trip without a murmur.
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A more immediately evident reference to the goat-being sequence is in Joyce's use of "hither and thither" to indicate a murmurous, tactile speech-act:
Everything Daisy says is "added irrelevantly"; like the sentences that run together "murmurous and uninflected" in the magazine story Jordan reads aloud to Tom, nothing the East Egg women say is more important than anything else (14).
He had nodded off when the raid struck; her presence grown remote as murmurous waves washing and blessing the sanctuary in which they lay.
still puts its murmurous hand over our mouths while hidden melody
(91.) I shall put everything away some day 32 Penultimate line I shall put everything away, some day, / get me a murmurous contention, and rest.
Darl and Jewel imagine Addie in her coffin, "within which now and then she talks in little trickling bursts of secret and murmurous bubbling" as the putrefaction of her corpse continues (212).
Critics have repeatedly pointed out what Barrett herself did not: that the closest rhythmic prototype of "The Raven" is her own "Lady Geraldine's Courtship." (7) According to Ingram, Thomas Buchanan Read informed Robert Browning that Poe had said that his entire poem was suggested by Barrett's single line "With a murmurous stir uncertain, in the air, the purple curtain." (8) Poe advertised rather than hid Barrett's influence by discussing her poem in a Broadway Journal review just weeks before "The Raven" was published.
This empire conspicuously began to unravel with the publication of Don Juan, which, in apposition to Byronism, addressed a strong, ethical challenge to the murmurous complacencies of commercial society" (xx).
But they went off after a week to be with their father, and the Morses--and Jean--stayed on with his parents, sunning outside in the vinyl lawn chairs, drinking and playing cards so late in the night that their voices--murmurous, shrill suddenly, murmurous again--were like the disquisitions of the birds that wakened him at dawn to go down to the shore and the boat and the sun that burned the chill off the water.