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 ?
Chattering daws," Martin muttered under his breath, and went on talking with Ruth and Arthur.
Dunster muttered under his breath, "whether you are in earnest.
When he then muttered under his breath, David told the crowd he was swearing at him, and Amanda Holden, 46, below, suggested they needed a swear box.
the agent muttered under his breath, as he worked his way through his key ring.
I do not think that shamed the man even a little bit because he muttered under his breath, "I do not think my daughter will work in an office at all
Pick it up-pick it up," Bullock muttered under his breath.
Please Mrs, don't get the last sausage," he muttered under his breath.
I smiled - well I tried to anyway, thinking about those sexy senoritas again - but he just muttered under his breath.
he muttered under his breath as his sniggering medics bowed their heads trying to suppress their laughter for fear of the finger of blame falling their way.
I am told one person muttered under his breath, "I know what tram I'd put you on.
Freddie, a thin 19-year-old, soon muttered under his breath that he shouldn't have come.
Adding a security fence with a gate and a lock, he dusted his hands on his jeans and was heard to have muttered under his breath, "It's not going anywhere now
Ryan James shook his head and muttered under his breath when he was jailed for murdering his wife Sandra in May, 1995, after a 20-day trial at Stafford Crown Court.
Sherman Oaks English teacher Nick Fratt grudgingly walked up to an IRS table filled with forms in Van Nuys and muttered under his breath to a stray dog, ``You need to file your taxes, too?
When we later suggested to him that England's 5-1 victory in Germany involved many long balls to a quickfire Owen, Roeder wrinkled his nose and muttered under his breath about 'supposing so'.