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mutter (something) under (one's) breath

1. To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. "You'll get what's coming to you one of these days," Janet muttered under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, muttering curses under his breath.
2. To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. "You'll get what's coming to you one of these days," Janet muttered under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, muttering curses under his breath.
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mutter about someone or something

to grumble or complain about someone or something. Are you muttering about me? What is your complaint? Why is everyone muttering about the food here? It is excellent.
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mutter something about someone or something

to say something softly and indistinctly about someone or something. I heard him mutter something about being late. Sharon is muttering something about Dave. What does she mean?
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*under one's breath

Fig. [spoken] so softly that almost no one can hear it. (*Typically: curse ~; curse some-one or something ~; mutter ~; mutter something ~; say something ~.) John was muttering something under his breath, and I don't think it was very pleasant. I'm glad he said it under his breath. If he had said it out loud, it would have caused an argument.
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Under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras and supported by the Czech Philharmonic, Pamela Frank strove to play Dvorak and Suk in an informed manner, yet her performance pales when compared to that of Mutter and Fischer (it was more forcible in the hall during a live concert), with Spacek being one class higher.
The work was first performed in 2007 with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist and Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker.
READY FOR AN UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE Marilyn Mutter, who is doing a trek to Mount Kilimanjaro for Marie Curie Cancer Care
Authorities believe that the deceased suspect, 27-year-old Johnstown native Brian Dyer, had stayed at a couple of area homes recently and may have been familiar with both Mutter's home and the fact that Mutter had several guns there.
The Mutter Museum was founded to educate future doctors about human anatomy and pathology.
And now a discerning north west audience can make their own assessment, as Mutter makes her Manchester debut next Wednesday to perform not one, not two, but THREE Mozart violin concertos.
The Anne-Sophie Mutter concert is part of the hall's international concerts to mark its 10th anniversary.
The Mutter Museum, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S.
Mutter is an accomplished violin virtuoso and a most beautiful woman to boot.
Mother-of-three Helen Mutter was so terrified that she complained to Wiltshire police and Swindon Town FC.
For a further discussion, see Hohn 57-90 and Ursula Erler Mutter in der BRD: Ideologie und Wirklichkeit (Starnberg, 1973) 85-87.
As proof, he recalled the little rhyme his colleagues used to mutter to themselves during the early 1990's doldrums while waiting for the phone to ring.
Our favorites: the Alu Chole (curried chickpeas and potatoes), the Channa Dal Masala (lentils with vegetables), and the Dhingri Mutter (peas with sauteed mushrooms).
Vatter," said Mutter, "I've been wanting to fix us something special for supper, and I think I've hit on the very thing.
Bridges link the two halves of the building and give a notion of the theatre of office life as diplomats run, stroll, shuffle, mutter and dream across the space.