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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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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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In 1995, a year after his sister moved to Milton, she reconciled with Sigh and the couple has raised their two children, according to Patrick.
Blindfolded, Rose is spirited away to the Land of Sigh, a magical place where she is treated like a princess and spends her days luxuriating in all the wonders and rewards offered by this strange, enchanted land.
Population Forty patients who presented to 3 family practice clinics in Israel met our 10 criteria for sigh syndrome: recurrent sighing; shallow respiration; conviction that deep breaths are obstructed; intensity of episodes provokes stress leading to consultation; no obvious trigger; episodes last a few days to several weeks; no interference with speech; sighing absent during sleep; no correlation with physical activity or rest; self-limited.
So, the next time someone asks you if you are responsible for transporting campers to and from your camp, there is no need for silence and a sigh, let out a chuckle and confidently respond that you transport hundreds of campers, and it is well under control.
However, many people will not give a sigh of relief, but an exasperated moan as the temperatures soar into the 30s.
Once the stone goes in, there's a collective sigh of relief in seeing the design come to fruition and the project come to a close.
On the plaintive ballad,Blame It On My Youth, the audience sighed a collective sigh.
Allow your breath to be released out of your body, like a sigh.
All those concerned about the future of the Welsh language breathed a collective sigh of relief when figures from the 2001 census showed that, far from the further decline feared, the number of Welsh speakers had actually increased by two per cent (to 20.
Thus, when the government recently announced that it was going to bail the church out to the tune of so many millions of dollars, many church people breathed a sigh of relief.
When the Court ruled against Eldred, the Disney Corporation issued a collective sigh of relief.
A SIGH IN A DISH Does the PBC control all types of breathing?
While the promise of a money infusion didn't bolster Brazil's economy as much as the government had hoped, it brought a sigh of relief from international banks.
ASNE President Tim McGuire, editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, struck the right note and suggested how much further newspapers have to go when he said, "These numbers evoke a sigh of relief, not exhilaration.
With a sigh of relief, Indonesian officials announced plans to prevent the same disaster from happening again.