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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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sigh of relief, (heave) a

Whew; an expulsion of breath indicating that one is out of a tight spot. Sighing with longing, pain, grief, and numerous similar emotions is common in the English language—especially in poetry—from the earliest days. The word “sigh” comes from Middle English and Old English words meaning exactly the same thing (to expel breath). Heaving a sigh to express intense emotion, especially amatory longing or grief, was current from about 1700 on.
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She threw herself down upon a sofa with a sigh of relief, and pointed to a chair.
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.
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.
Anne slipped down on her pillows with a sigh of relief. Oh -- how sleepy -- she was!
There is need to bring halt in load-shedding so that people could take a sigh of relief.
Summary: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Aug 14 (ANI): Prisoners at Lucknow jail heaved a sigh of relief after venomous snakes, which entered the facility following rain and waterlogging, were captured on Monday.
RIGA, Aug 8 (LETA) - After two years of poor harvests, farmers can finally breath a sigh of relief, as not only the grain harvest is expected to be good this year, but also the fruit and berry harvest, the head of Latvian Council for Cooperation of Agriculturalist Organizations (LOSP) Edgars Treibergs told LETA.
He demanded of the government to work for the welfare of the poor people so that the coy could breathe a sigh of relief.
He said that the special shelter provided by Pakistan Red Crescent would provide them a sigh of relief while performing their duties.
THE people of Karachi had heaved a sigh of relief when the north-bound track of Lyari Expressway from Mauripur to Sohrab Goth was finally opened to commuters.
They said that all burnt transformersshould be rectified besides restoring disconnected power lines so that citizens take a sigh of relief. They said: 'The electricity is the right of every citizen and it should be provided to everyone.' They demanded of higher authorities to resolve power outage issue so that citizens could take a sigh of relief.
WITH a sigh of relief, I am taking down my festive decorations.
While the present rain-spell was a sigh of relief for the citizens who were suffering from different ailments and allergies due to dusty and polluted atmosphere and especially the travelers facing zero visibility on the Motorway.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has heaved a sigh of relief, following the inability of both chambers of Congress to pass a bill postponing the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, can breathe a sigh of relief. What this means for Louis van Gaal is yet to be seen.