mutter (something) under (one's) breath

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mutter (something) under (one's) breath

1. To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. "You'll get what's coming to you one of these days," Janet muttered under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, muttering curses under his breath.
2. To say threatening, consternated, or disgruntled remarks in a very soft or indistinct voice, such that no one else can hear or understand them clearly. "You'll get what's coming to you one of these days," Janet muttered under her breath. Steven stormed off to his room, muttering curses under his breath.
See also: breath, mutter
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Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce exchanged strained smiles and muttered under their breath as they appeared before a Crown Court judge for the first time.
Some of the students currently on probation whispered to their friends, muttered under their breath, and seemed distracted during the 45-minute assembly.
After that it was running up and down the aisle with mum or dad, and sometimes both, lumbering after him while train staff muttered under their breath.
Doormen at Flares muttered under their breath as they allowed our reporter in, making it quite clear from their body language and looks that he was not the club's target audience.
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.
Even the most liberal of people have muttered under their breath as news of another suicide bomb or beheading breaks.