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 ?
That little thing HAS got a knack with hair and no mistake," she muttered under her breath.
Do your jobs," Brzezinski muttered under her breath.
She had muttered under her breath as she clipped on his lead and tutted as he strained, pulling her out of the back door.
This generous gesture did not go unnoticed by his bete noire who muttered under her breath about her son's foolish and fanciful ways.
A FrenchCanadian athlete sitting beside me could barely contain her laughter while she translated on my behalf and along with a Gallic shrug, muttered under her breath that `what could you expect from a country that in many southern states had laws banning the teaching of Darwinian theory lest it corrupt young minds', but luckily that wasn't understood either.
I'm not quite sure what Lynn muttered under her breath in my direction.