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be on relief

To be or begin receiving assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (usually run by the government) due to a certain level of hardship, poverty, or need. It was really disheartening having to be on relief these past six months, but it was the only thing that kept our family afloat after I lost my job. Some people are very critical of those who have been on relief for extended periods of time.
See also: on, relief

go on relief

To begin receiving assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (usually run by the government) due to a certain level of hardship, poverty, or need. It was really disheartening having to go on relief these past six months, but it was the only thing that kept our family afloat after I lost my job. Some people are very critical of those who have gone on relief for extended periods of time.
See also: on, relief

heave 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 heaved a sigh of relief after that horrible midterm exam was over. Investors in Europe are heaving a big sigh of relief now that a Greek exit from the Euro has been avoided.
See also: heave, of, relief, sigh

sigh of relief

A feeling or display of relief that something particularly stressful, unpleasant, or undesirable has been avoided or completed. Everyone in class heaved a sigh of relief after that horrible midterm exam was over. Investors in Europe had a big sigh of relief now that a Greek exit from the Euro has been avoided.
See also: of, relief, sigh

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

light relief

That which provides simple or distracting entertainment during or after something that is very serious or tedious. I could tell the moderator was trying to provide a bit of light relief to keep the forum from being a total snorefest, but it just wasn’t enough.
See also: light, relief

on relief

In receipt of assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (most often government-run) due to a certain level of hardship, poverty, or need. It was really disheartening having to go on relief these past six month, but it was the only thing that kept our family afloat after I lost my job. Some people are very critical of those who have been on relief for extended periods of time.
See also: on, relief

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

throw something into sharp relief

Fig. [for something] to make something plainly evident or clearly visible. The dull, plain background threw the ornate settee into sharp relief. The red vase was thrown into sharp relief against the black background.
See also: relief, sharp, throw

on relief

Also, on welfare; on the dole. Receiving public financial assistance, as in Half the people in this town are on relief, or Don hated the idea of going on welfare. The first two terms originated in the United States in the 1930s, when government assistance of this kind was first instituted. On the dole, used mainly in Britain but occasionally in America, dates from the 1920s, although the use of dole for a charitable gift dates from about 1200.
See also: on, relief

on relief

Receiving public assistance because of need or poverty.
See also: on, relief
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It was with a sigh of relief that he finally reached a point from which he could no longer hear them, and finding a comfortable crotch high among the trees, composed himself for a night of dreamless slumber, while a prowling lion moaned and coughed beneath him, and in far-off England the other Lord Greystoke, with the assistance of a valet, disrobed and crawled between spotless sheets, swearing irritably as a cat meowed beneath his window.
When she saw who it was, she breathed a sigh of partial relief, though she still clung tightly to Tibo.
Then Tarzan picked Tibo from the floor, and when the child felt human hands upon him instead of the paws and fangs of the hyenas, he rolled his eyes upward in surprise and incredulity, and as they fell upon Tarzan, sobs of relief broke from the childish lips and his hands clutched at his deliverer as though the white devil-god was not the most feared of jungle creatures.
The great principle of out-of-door relief is, to give the paupers exactly what they don't want; and then they get tired of coming.
But he turned again as the other set forth, and added under his breath, looking after him with a leer: 'You wouldn't be let to go like that, if my Relief warn't as good as come.
In a word, his real time of relief being that evening at sunset, his mate came lounging in, within a quarter of an hour.
Nevertheless it was a relief to him when the bather after a plunge and a few strokes came out.
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The Joint Relief Committee would review the pace of relief operation continued in the quake hit areas of the Awaran district.
27, 2000, he submitted a ruling request seeking extension relief to make a Sec.
The nearly $6,000 donated by Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley Chabad congregants in the past two weeks is earmarked for the Colel Chabad emergency relief fund in Israel.
In 1999 Gwendolyn filed form 8857 requesting relief under the innocent spouse provisions for the remaining tax due.
These boundaries include exercise time, intensity, relief between work intervals, and recovery between sets of varying distances and/or movements (as in the case of agility drills).
Lawrence outlined various considerations that would be involved in loading and unloading a ship with relief supplies that range from food and water to emergency vehicles.
Church World Service (CWS), an alliance member of Action by Churches Together (of which the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund--the relief arm of the Anglican Church of Canada--is also a member) is conducting relief operations on the ground and said it is in a "race against time.