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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.
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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.
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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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sigh about (something)

To exhale a long, audible breath to indicate weariness, frustration, distress, etc., about some issue. He's been moping around the place ever since the breakup, sighing about his broken heart. I couldn't help sighing about my disappointment in not being chosen to be on the team.
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sigh for (someone or something)

To long, yearn, or grieve for someone or something. He's been moping around the place sighing for his girlfriend, who just moved to Canada last week. I am happy in my life, I truly am, but I can't help sighing for some of the opportunities I passed up or squandered over the years.
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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

sigh about something

to release a deep breath, indicating anxiety, distress, or relief about something. What are you sighing about? she sighed about her illness and then shifted her thoughts to something else.
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sigh for someone

to release a deep breath, indicating anxiety about one's emotional attachment for someone. Dave spent a lot of his time sighing for Laura, on whom he had a crush. Laura has been sighing for some as-yet-unnamed young man.
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sigh of relief, (heave) a

Whew; an expulsion of breath indicating that one is out of a tight spot. Sighing with longing, pain, grief, and numerous similar emotions is common in the English language—especially in poetry—from the earliest days. The word “sigh” comes from Middle English and Old English words meaning exactly the same thing (to expel breath). Heaving a sigh to express intense emotion, especially amatory longing or grief, was current from about 1700 on.
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Yes, but I also need your guidance hellip" she trails off when she hears my loud sigh. "I know that sigh, Liz.
'Even if I'm not fooling around, she keeps doubting me,' he sighed. 'Sometimes, I tell myself that I might as well fool around so her doubts will have basis already.'
Celeb Big Brother babe Cami Li, below, wins immunity from tomorrow's eviction, ex-fiance Kirk Norcross will sigh with relief.
The hearing officer filed a lawsuit in 2008 alleging that he was demoted after he raised concerns that Edward, Holmes and others were trying to influence his decision that Sigh not have to register as a sex offender.
Muscat: Residents and owners of commercial establishments in and around Ruwi heaved a sigh of relief yesterday morning when the water supply was restored after an entire day of disruption.
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.
Marjane Satrapi (author); THE SIGH; Archaia Entertainment (Comics & Graphic Novels: Comics & Graphic Novels) $10.95 ISBN: 9781936393466
"I'm..." (sigh) "Sorry..." (sigh) "I..." (sigh) "Feel..."
Sigh. The worst thing is, my 74-year-old dad has started signing off with 'luv Dad'.
The Creep hitmakers launched their eighth studio record online in February and the disc version is set to hit stores later this month, so they have created their own publication, titled The Universal Sigh, to celebrate, reports the Daily Star.
In the chilling night, the Indian horror film "The Sigh" (Siski) sends a chill running down the audiences' spine.
On the morning of the first day of Labelexpo Americas 2010, I heard an actual sigh of relief.
Summary: Actor Gary Lucy is breathing a sigh of relief after scraping through the first week of Dancing on Ice.
This traditional crE me caramel - the name translates to something like "a Limean woman's sigh" - is without a doubt one of the most aptly named dishes I've come across.
3 : to say with a sigh <"Oh, dear," she sighed.>