sigh of relief

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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.
See also: of, relief, sigh
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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.
The light rain has also provided a sigh of relief to farmers who had called this rain a blessing for their yields especially kinnow and other seasonal crops.
KARACHI -- Pakistan's main Karachi stock market recovered early losses to close 1 percent higher on Monday as investors heaved a sigh of relief following amicable resolution of the situation arising after arrival of Dr Tahriul Qadri in Pakistan.
Muscat: Residents and owners of commercial establishments in and around Ruwi heaved a sigh of relief yesterday morning when the water supply was restored after an entire day of disruption.
Summary: Sharjah University students given accommodation in the dormitories at Sharjah University Hospital can breathe a sigh of relief after it was announced accommodation fees are to be slashed from the new academic year.
Summary: Actor Gary Lucy is breathing a sigh of relief after scraping through the first week of Dancing on Ice.
3 : to utter with an effort <She heaved a sigh of relief.
Liam Neeson, who lives in the city with his wife Natasha Richardson and his two sons, said he breathes a sigh of relief every time he returns to the Big Apple.
However, the tables were completely reversed in the 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park and the Italians breathed a sigh of relief after coming through the decisive penalty shootout.
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.
Organizers of Simi Valley Days are breathing a sigh of relief after securing a location to host the weeklong city celebration this year, but the pressure to find a permanent site remains.