breathe a sigh of relief

breathe a sigh of relief

To experience an intense feeling of happiness or relief because something particularly stressful, unpleasant, or undesirable has been avoided or completed. Everyone in class breathed a sigh of relief after that horrible midterm exam was over. Investors are breathing a big sigh of relief now that the predicted downturn has seemingly been avoided.
See also: breathe, of, relief, sigh

breathe a sigh of relief

 
1. Lit. to sigh in a way that signals one's relief that something has come to an end. At the end of the contest, we all breathed a sigh of relief.
2. Fig. to express relief that something has ended. With the contract finally signed, we breathed a sigh of relief as we drank a toast in celebration.
See also: breathe, of, relief, sigh
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ANI): The non-veg loving students studying at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) can now breathe a sigh of relief after the institute clarified on Sunday that there was no food restriction.
In this regard they demanded of the concerned authorities to take notice of the corruption of the District Accounts Officer and his staff so that they could breathe a sigh of relief.
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: Perhaps government officials expected that the Lebanese would breathe a sigh of relief at Wednesday's announcement that Beirut had paid its share of this year's funding of the STL.
We can now all breathe a sigh of relief as our countryside will not become a dumping ground for this waste.
However, if a new trend catches on, parents and many other folks may breathe a sigh of relief.
But you can breathe a sigh of relief and count your blessings - at least you don't have furious rabies.
You breathe a sigh of relief, pack up your equipment, and move on to the next location.
Before anyone could breathe a sigh of relief that Ahmanson is "no longer" a fan of stoning, he quickly added, "It would still be a little hard to say that if one stumbled on a country that was doing that, that it is inherently immoral, to stone people liar these things," he said.
Area retail manager Steve Gee said: "Volunteers in our shops breathe a sigh of relief when locals pop in with their donations.
Palm users can now breathe a sigh of relief because leading software vendors are offering some level of protection.
Individual taxpayers, who would suffer economic hardship if forced to pay their entire tax liability, can now breathe a sigh of relief.
The entire industry should breathe a sigh of relief because we dodged a bullet that would have been a deadly bullet for many property owners," he said.
Customer service is our top priority and we feel the addition of this service will help policyholders breathe a sigh of relief.