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heave a sigh of relief

To experience an intense feeling of happiness or relief because something particularly stressful, unpleasant, or undesirable has been avoided or completed. Everyone in class heaved a sigh of relief after that horrible midterm exam was over. Investors in Europe are heaving a big sigh of relief now that a Greek exit from the Euro has been avoided.
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breathe a sigh of relief

1. Lit. to sigh in a way that signals one's relief that something has come to an end. At the end of the contest, we all breathed a sigh of relief.
2. Fig. to express relief that something has ended. With the contract finally signed, we breathed a sigh of relief as we drank a toast in celebration.
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sigh about something

to release a deep breath, indicating anxiety, distress, or relief about something. What are you sighing about? she sighed about her illness and then shifted her thoughts to something else.
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sigh for someone

to release a deep breath, indicating anxiety about one's emotional attachment for someone. Dave spent a lot of his time sighing for Laura, on whom he had a crush. Laura has been sighing for some as-yet-unnamed young man.
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breathe a sigh of relief

to feel comfortable again after worrying about something Coastal residents breathed a sigh of relief when the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm. Her children breathed a quiet sigh of relief when she made arrangements to get help.
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Lord Mandelson told BBC1's Politics Show that everybody determined to protect Vauxhall could breathe a "huge sigh of relief" now that a deal for GM's European operations had been struck.
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Hull Kingston Rovers coach Justin Morgan breathed 'a sigh of relief' after watching his side secure a place in the Super League.
It is no surprise then, that the recent announcement that the government was not planning to go ahead with its election promise to shut down the coal fired generating stations by 2007, drew a sigh of relief from the communities affected and from many other quarters.
Now you're in the cafeteria, hoping to eat fries and breathe a brief sigh of relief.
If we hear a silence followed by a sigh, then we will be spending some quality time discussing how software can assist with the transportation task.
It brought a huge sigh sigh of relief from McMenimem because he had been guilty of a glaring mess with the game only six minutes old.
A hosepipe ban enforced last week says more about the inefficiency of the water companies than the state of the weather, so it is with a sigh of relief that we can finally welcome summer this weekend - or so forecasters predict.
He would rim it out or run it by,' Then mutter something with a sigh.
TORONTO -- After nine years single women on welfare can breathe a sigh of relief