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in an undertone

In a subtle, low-key, or hushed manner; quietly or understatedly. Usually but not always used in reference to speech or sound. I heard him state in an undertone that he wasn't surprised at the poor reception, given management's inadequate budget for the project, but I don't think anyone else heard him. In an undertone, the film upends the cliché of violence as a means of resolution that is so often the focus of other action films.

in an ˈundertone


in ˈundertones

in a quiet voice: ‘I must leave now,’ he said in an undertone. OPPOSITE: at the top of your voice
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The Undertones originally broke up in 1983 but reformed in 1999 for a run of reunion shows and have since gone on to tour extensively.
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Instead, he trundles along with a breezy cultural relativism and an undertone that humanity should actually aspire to something like desert life in the Dogon.
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His matter-of-fact baritone delivery has an undertone that makes us want to believe and trust him, even as we become passive accomplices to his crime.
The theme may play a major part, but the undertone makes the music.