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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.
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

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.
See also: sigh

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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How heavy,' sighed the gold heart of the day, 'is the heat
I sighed heavily, putting my head against the snare and feeling the cold steel rim against my skin.
Supine men passed Ruth Amarante along their uplifted arms as she sighed into a microphone.
When Insider asked Jonathan if his superstar buddy was coming he sighed one of those well rehearsed luvvie sighs and said, "You don't mess around, do you?
That's why when the news came that first the little girl was seriously ill and then she had died, that the country sighed a sigh of regret with Gordon and his wife Sarah.
He sighed with disgust, "Yeah, but we own all the camps now, don't we?
I think people are very distressed and don't know quite which way to turn," she sighed.
Some of the people asked to leave were our sponsors and press who arrived late," he sighed.
I'm carpooling with a friend of mine now,'' he sighed.
He sighed a deep sigh I'll never forget and said, "I wish they'd write a book called "Life Made Simple
They all hate me now down there now (at the FDIC)," Weprin sighed.
s Hollywood Bowl performance Wednesday night, an exhausted Michael Stipe leaned against bandmate Peter Buck and sighed.
He sighed, remembering a corrida in Mallorca that he would have loved to have shared with her.