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
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While some of the ladies sitting closeby raise their eyebrows and mutter under their breath, 'children', I have to concede that he does have a point.
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People who talk back during debates, speeches and TV newscasts no longer have to mutter under their breath or shout in vain.
She revealed: "Some people are brave enough to approach me while others mutter under their breath, 'Look at that baby', and come past pretending not to look.
Fat chance, some at Newcastle may mutter under their breath.
She said: "People would mutter under their breath if they saw me on the tube, One man shouted, `Hey, you're bonking your brother, aren't you?