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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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mutter about (someone or something)

1. To speak or utter something about someone or something in a very low, indistinct tone. Oh, don't mind me, I'm just muttering to myself about what's the fastest way to get home from here. I could hear the kids muttering something about a plan to cut school that day, but I couldn't make out the details of it.
2. To murmur, whisper, or grumble in an angry, disgruntled manner about someone or something. We all left the meeting muttering about the additional hours we'd have to work, but, in the end, what choice did we have? Instead of just muttering about the boss like you always do, why don't you register a complaint with HR?
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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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After the match he muttered to the press: "That was at you".
I said nothing, of course, but I did indulge in a small smile and a muttered, ``Well, you can't have him.
This question, rhetorically muttered by the embittered old painter who is the central character of Ten Unknowns, could double as the artistic credo of the play's author.
It was only when she muttered "mein liebchen" - German for my darling - that 35-year-old Wallace realised he was in the wrong room
Jose Molina muttered at home-plate umpire Bill Miller while staggering back to the dugout.
Yeah, sure, I muttered, one more faux liberal picture in which straight people get laid and gay people just talk about it.
He muttered a few words under his breath but did not speak directly to the Hall of Fame center.
Hopefully you provided this employee with a clear idea of what will happen if his tardiness continues, and he should be advised of the consequences associated with any further outbursts, whether muttered, uttered or shouted.
Even while the Vikings sailed through the Valley Mission League, players sniped and muttered under their breath, just loud enough for their intended audience to hear them.
Oh, this is just great,'' Councilman Mike Feuer muttered when his card key was taken away to be fixed.
Q After a very upsetting meeting with my boss, I walked out of his office and muttered an expletive about him that no one was supposed to hear.
Gillespie said third-base coach Andy Nieto had muttered his disagreement with the strike call and that Magnusson had taken off his mask and challenged Nieto.
I guess I'm talking,'' he muttered in surprise, as a TV camera was shoved in his face.