Idiom: under one’s breath
Note: This phrase is frequently used to describe when someone says a negative statement very quietly. This can be emphasized by using the form "curse (someone) under one's breath).
— Whenever I asked my kids to do their chores they complain under their breath.
— This morning my father was grateful when I reminded him under my breath that it was my mother's birthday.
— We could believe it when the little old lady cursed the policeman under her breath.
— The principal said you were suspended today for calling your teacher a "bit--" under your breath.
— My friend pretended she was sick and told me the answers to the pop-up quiz under her breath every time she coughed or blew her nose.
— I know everyone hates the new rules because I heard a lot of muttering under their breaths after the announcement.
— "You're a terrible person," Karen said under her breath. Her father turned around quickly and demanded, "What did you say?" Karen lied, "I said that I hope you don't think I'm a terrible person."
— I'm tired of you always muttering under your breath. If you have something to say to me then just say it.
— I wanted to scream at my boss today but I just muttered, "Fine, I'll work overtime again tonight" under my breath as I left the room.
— My boss actually heard me when I cursed her under my breath so things are not too good between us right now.
— As he walked by my desk, the quarterback of the football team just said "Hey babe" to me under his breath.
— I'm pretty sure the director heard what you said to me under your breath because he looked shocked right after you said it.
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