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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It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled about looking for matches and muttering under his breath.
He's definitely drunk", said Mr Reader as William begrudgingly left the carriage, muttering under his breath.
He could be seen shaking his head and muttering under his breath as a series of conditions for his bail ahead of his trial this summer were read to the court, which included not contacting Ms Miller.
I can see him now, blood pressure soaring, muttering under his breath as he furiously defended his outdated views.
Here then is Charles muttering under his breath what he really thinks of the BBC's Nicholas Witchell, the furore over the trailer for the BBC's landmark documentary A Year With The Queen that gave the impression she was storming out of a photo session, when in fact, she was walking IN and the mystifying story about why another documentary about Diana - featuring previously unheard, revealing conversations between the Princess and her voice coach - was eventually shelved by the BBC.
Here then is Charles muttering under his breath what he really thinks of the BBC's Nicholas Witchell, the furore over the trailer for the BBC's landmark documentary A Year With e Queen that gave the impression she'storming out of a photo session, when in fact, she was walking IN and the mystifying story about why another documentary about Diana - featuring previously unheard, revealing conversations between the Princess and her voice coach - was eventually shelved by the BBC.
He could be talking to his beloved, to an engineer, to the ghost of Alexander the Great, it is a muttering under his breath.
Interestingly enough when I first saw George on Top Of The Pops as a kid my grandfather, who was one of those old Welsh miners, was sitting there watching the show, cursing and muttering under his breath all throughout Top Of The Pops, but when George came on he smiled and said: 'This boy's a star and he can sing'.
The Liverpool striker spent much of the contest shaking his head and muttering under his breath in frustration, even as those around him showed an almost complete lack of interest in a game that barely mattered.
One contestant in particular expressed his anxiety over wrongly-answered questions by muttering under his breath, which was echoed throughout the room over the microphone.
There is a distinct possibility that he will sport a long beard, shifty eyes and persist in muttering under his breath about "filthy infidels.
He has more than once been seen emerging from meetings with the Speaker looking angry and muttering under his breath.
Then this ostensibly sane man abruptly goes off the rails, muttering under his breath in a running commentary that obsessively works through the circumstances of Sophie's apparent abduction.
The Prince of Wales's dislike of the media was exposed yesterday after he was caught muttering under his breath his contempt for the press and branded the BBC's royal correspondent "awful".
THE Prince of Wales's hatred of the media was exposed yesterday after he was caught muttering under his breath his contempt for the Press and branded the BBC's royal correspondent 'awful'.