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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.
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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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He had breathed a sigh of relief as he saw it rise safely with the British flier and Fraulein Bertha Kircher.
Police said case has been registered against accused and traders have breathed a sigh of relief over his arrest and appreciated police action.
Summary: Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Jan 12 (ANI): Commuters breathed a sigh of relief as government buses began plying on Friday, following the withdrawal of the statewide bus strike by Tamil Nadu Transporters Union.
While some Winnipeggers breathed a sigh of relief Monday upon hearing news that a city committee had shot down an expanded evening parking fee plan.
When inquired by the media men that you may have breathed a sigh of relief, Attorney General (AG) Moulvi Anwar ul Haq said smilingly in fact I have got 200 cubic feet oxygen.
A MILLION air travellers have breathed a sigh of relief after a judge ruled that a planned 12-day Christmas strike by British Airways cabin crew could not go ahead.
MARTIN O'NEILL last night breathed a sigh of relief after Aston Villa hung on to record their first win in 13 games.
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.
NASA bosses breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the first space shuttle launch in two years went off without a hitch.
MTA chairman, Peter Kalikow breathed a sigh of relief this week as the state inked a five-year, $35.8 billion transportation plan that gives his agency a $21 billion slice of the pie.
Martin Johnson breathed a sigh of relief last night after being handed the chance to end his amazing career in style.
Health maintenance organizations breathed a sigh of relief on June 21, 2004, when the U.S.
And they breathed a sigh of relief when they came across a burst water main in the centre of Newcastle.
BUSINESSES in North Wales breathed a sigh of relief after the Bank of England yesterday decided to leave interest rates on hold at 3.75pc.
So when the initial grand bet on global e-commerce went belly up, many creative types breathed a sigh of relief. I suspect artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead may have been in that number, as their project dot-store dances a merry jig on the grave of the dot-coin revolution.