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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.
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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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What the scientists were looking for were specific changes over one-minute periods encompassing sighs that could confirm or contradict the 're-setter hypothesis' for the function of sighing.
The autumn wind is sighing, And whispers low your name, For you are truly magical, Your season all ablaze.
A sighing Paul says neither "height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39).
And he was prone to extended sighing about the good old days, when Fred Astaire danced with his sister Adele, not that Tinseltown parvenu Ginger Rogers.
He had people dancing, sighing, crying at the overall package of sad songs and warming to his every move.
This eclectic anthology ranges from the practical, as in "Maneuvering Through Menopause: A Rite of Passage" in which two doctors decode the change of life, to the poetic "To My Last Period" in which Lucille Clifton bids farewell to an old friend: "now it is done, and I feel just like the grandmothers who, after the hussy has gone, sit holding her photograph sighing, wasn't she beautiful?
The same network can generate normal breathing, gasping and sighing," he says.
Many awards-show viewers may be sighing as they watch the latest red- carpet parades, bemoaning the demise of Hollywood style.
If we read the sonnet as a female subject's response to the wistful question that Tyard's male subject posed to his lute ("does there remain in her bosom any sighing memory of me?
I dread it when one of our bosses comes into the office and asks her to do something because once they've gone, the rest of us have to listen to her whining on and sighing.