sigh of relief

sigh of relief

A feeling or display of relief that 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 had a big sigh of relief now that a Greek exit from the Euro has been avoided.
See also: of, relief, sigh
References in classic literature ?
When Edna was at last alone, she breathed a big, genuine sigh of relief.
It was with a sigh of relief that at last he came upon the little unpainted house, extraordinarily bedraggled now, and unkempt; but here too was the same intolerable silence.
A quick glance showed me that this was the only door to the small apartment in which we had found sanctuary, and, with a sigh of relief, I leaned for a moment against the panels of the stout barrier that separated us from the ramping demons without.
Again he embraced and kissed Prince Andrew, but before the latter had left the room Kutuzov gave a sigh of relief and went on with his unfinished novel, Les Chevaliers du Cygne by Madame de Genlis.
We hoped we would not meet her, for since the affair of the bewitchment of Paddy we did not know quite what to think of Peg; the boldest of us held his breath as we passed her haunts, and drew it again with a sigh of relief when they were safely left behind.
Everything seems all right at home," said Dorothy, with a sigh of relief.
exclaimed the president of the Gun Club, with an immense sigh of relief.
He had breathed a sigh of relief as he saw it rise safely with the British flier and Fraulein Bertha Kircher.
Werper sat up quickly in his blankets at the first alarm, a startled expression upon his countenance; but at the last words of the black a sigh of relief escaped his lips and a slight smile replaced the tense lines upon his face.
She threw herself down upon a sofa with a sigh of relief, and pointed to a chair.
So, in less time than I can explain, the throne room was deserted by all save the Scarecrow and his friends, and the Woggle-Bug heaved a deep sigh of relief as he exclaimed:
Medlock saw it as soon as she did and drew a long sigh of relief.
Trent strolled through the open window into the garden, and breathed a deep sigh of relief.
He placed a chair for her, and laid down the deed which he had been examining, with a little sigh of relief.
She sighed a happy little sigh of relief, and laughing lightly, said: