The old man growled into his beard.

Allegro molto

Senior Member

The old man growled into his beard.
(from Harrap’s Standard Learners’ English Dictionary)

The dictionary explains 'growl' in the sentence as 'to murmur angrily'.
I can’t quite understand the relationship between 'to murmur angrily' and the phrase 'into his beard'.
What does the sentence mean as a whole?

Thank you
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    The phrase "into his beard" isn't to be taken too literally.

    It means he muttered angrily to himself, too low for others to hear what exactly he said. If he had a thick beard, it could be thought of as talking "into" his beard, letting his beard swallow up the words.
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