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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A livid Tegeler then accused Motta of muttering under her breath and of rolling her eyes in disrespect.
She's smiling from ear to ear in the video, but Janine says she was actually muttering under her breath, asking if she could stop.
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Muttering under her breath about loving the colour but not its cascading length, Serena managed to trundle up on to the balcony with admirable poise.
She was muttering under her breath occasional words like "Mum" and "Mayday".
After nearly an hour her annoyance got the better of her and the former wife of Les Dennis stomped off muttering under her breath.
On a cruise ship some years ago I was given another treatment by a young Croatian who heroically spent 20 minutes squeezing my blackheads and muttering under her breath in her native tongue that I was using all the wrong soaps.