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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.
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The Vista del Lago Visitors Center, which attracted some 160,000 people each year, is reopening on its perch over Pyramid Lake with no fanfare, but with sighs of relief statewide.
Robbie Fowler celebrates his 150th goal in the Premiership during last night's 3-2 victory for Manchester City over Norwich City at Carrow Road - a result which will have brought sighs of relief from The Hawthorns.
But when the two teams compared data and realized how closely their findings matched, "there were sighs of relief on both sides," Champague says.
There were tears on and offstage, and there were sighs of relief all over the Bay Area.
Sighs of relief reverberated through a Denver courtroom last week as the trial of Amendment 2 was gaveled into recess.
Tears of exhaustion, sighs of relief and bursts of cheer.
Approval of funding for construction, after several years of delay, brought sighs of relief from SSC supporters.
WOODLAND HILLS - Residents breathed sighs of relief Monday as a record heat wave cooled slightly and weather forecasters predicted a somewhat cooler week.
Yosemite National Park's gateway communities are breathing sighs of relief with the news that the National Park Service has decided not to implement a day-use reservation plan this year and that Highway 140 will reopen to traffic on Saturday.