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
References in classic literature ?
If so, how delightful for them, and we shall all breathe a sigh of relief, but there will be no story.
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.
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.
HAPPY Shane Shafer can finally breathe a sigh of relief - after hiccuping non-stop for two years.
Kerry and Armagh, who meet this afternoon in Tralee, will both breathe a sigh of relief at this result.
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.
Taxpayers already using the cash method, but accounting for inventories, can breathe a sigh of relief, because the IRS has now legitimized this method.
Individual taxpayers, who would suffer economic hardship if forced to pay their entire tax liability, can now breathe a sigh of relief.
In a sense one can breathe a sigh of relief," said Beck.
Customer service is our top priority and we feel the addition of this service will help policyholders breathe a sigh of relief.