able to breathe (easy/easily/freely) again

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able to breathe (easy/easily/freely) again

1. Literally, capable of inhaling and exhaling without difficulty. Once the climbers returned from the top of the mountain, they felt like they were finally able to breathe freely again. After using my inhaler, I was able to breathe easily again. I have pretty bad allergies, so I can't wait till spring is over and I can breathe easy again!
2. Figuratively, recuperating from a busy or stressful period of time. After a long, hectic summer, many parents feel like they are able to breathe easy again once their kids are back in school. With your thesis defense finished, are you able to breathe easily again? All week, I was worried about having to give that presentation, so I'm able to breathe freely again now that it's done!
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able to breathe again

1. Literally, capable of inhaling and exhaling without difficulty. Once the climbers returned from the top of the mountain, they felt like they were finally able to breathe again. After using my inhaler, I was able to breathe again. I have pretty bad allergies, so I can't wait till spring is over and I'm able to breathe again!
2. Figuratively, recuperating from a busy or stressful period of time. After a long, hectic summer, many parents feel like they are able to breathe again once their kids are back in school. With your thesis defense finished, are you able to breathe again? All week, I was worried about having to give that presentation, so I'm able to breathe again now that it's done!
See also: able, again, breathe, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

able to breathe (easily) again

 and able to breathe (freely) again 
1. Lit. able to breathe clean, fresh air with no restriction or obstruction. After I got out of the dank basement, I was able to breathe easily again.
2. Fig. able to relax and recover from a busy or stressful time; able to catch one's breath. (Able to can be replaced with can.) Final exams are over, so I can breathe easily again.
See also: able, again, breathe, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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