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!
See also: breath, mutter
References in classic literature ?
This is an uncommonly lively vessel in a sea-way," he used to mutter under his breath, when his legs took him down the passage in zigzag directions, or left him for the moment studying the "Pints of the Compass" on his own system, with his back against the wall.
No, no, that is too dear," he would mutter under his breath.
He usually likes to mutter under his breath, something about 'coming back as an expat wife, in his next life' as I roll my eyes right back at him.
As I walked away I heard him mutter under his breath in Turkish, how can a woman in her 60s not know what her name means?
Turning to Naseer, who appeared to mutter under his breath during the sentencing hearing, the judge added: "Your plot had the blessing of al Qaida and you intended to further the aims of al Qaida.
Addressing the defendant, who appeared to mutter under his breath, the judge said: "Clearly nothing was going to stop you, short of intervention of the authorities.
I guess the difference is a grumpy man will seethe silently or mutter under his breath, whereas a grumpy woman will make sure everyone knows about it.
I just hope Prince Charles doesn't mutter under his breath any more and the Royal Family could build bridges.
The Garda was heard to mutter under his breath when the