mutter (something) under (one's) breath

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mutter (something) under (one's) breath

To murmur something in such a soft, quiet voice that others cannot hear it distinctly. (Said especially of rude, unpleasant, complaining, or impertinent remarks.) I could hear Bill muttering something under his breath on the way back to his desk after his annual review. Don't you dare mutter curse words under your breath at me, young lady!
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If she returned at all near the end of those long summers at the lake, he would look at her, gaze at her curiously, and then, as the years went by, mutter something under his breath that sounded like sticks on pine needles, or first needles then dry brush.