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低喝了一声

I could not see how 喝 here means drink, so I tried to look further in my dictionary and it says:

The same as 嗬, which is an onomatopoeia

Which kind of makes sense since I also found a similar expression: 哼了一声.

However the dictionary seems to give it a tone of surprise, but in that case what does it mean together with 低? Maybe I could translate the sentence as:

he made a small oh

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    低声,low voice, whisper, mutter, iciba:喝 [hè] (大声喊叫) shout loudly give a loud shout 大喝一声 shout a question to 喝问. 声:verbal measure word,user suggestion: gave a low shout – user6065 Dec 21 '15 at 0:27
  • @user6065 interesting, at the beginning I also thought about "shout", however it was difficult to imagine what is a small shout, so I began thinking about other hypothesis.anyway It makes sense now, thank you – Lex Dec 21 '15 at 11:04
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    @Lex I think you're on the right track, baidu has many results for 低喝一声 which in context would mean "to cry out softly" as if you were dismayed or surprised but because you were in a dangerous situation you had to control your volume. – tao Dec 21 '15 at 13:09
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低喝 here may be a shout but not aloud. 喝 is not only drink, but also shout. 低 here is about the voice

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(He/She) shouted in a low voice...

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