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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.
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 ?
But finally I reached a point where my fingers could just clutch the sill of the lowest window, and I was on the point of breathing a sigh of relief when the sound of voices came to me from above through the open window.
Summary: Actor Gary Lucy is breathing a sigh of relief after scraping through the first week of Dancing on Ice.
Darren Bent was last night breathing a sigh of relief after ending weeks of frustration by completing a pounds 10million move to Sunderland from Tottenham.
However, Tony McCoy knew exactly what he had underneath him, and odds-on backers were soon breathing a sigh of relief.
Young Martin Smith is breathing a sigh of relief having recently passed some tough surveying exams to qualify as a chartered building surveyor.
I'm sure lesbians everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief.
THE GAA were breathing a sigh of relief last night as initials tests from Tyrone on a suspected foot and mouth case were found to be negative.
WITH the blockades drifting away and the tankers back on the road, Prime Minister Tony Blair will be breathing a sigh of relief today.