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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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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 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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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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The softest rose of such beauty lies within a bush of thorns The yellow reds of summer a touch of clear blue skies The shining of the dew drops rests with early morning sighs Small leaves of green and brown Ladybirds take to wing and playing on the breeze Butterflies of pure white, great happiness softly bring Yet sweet scent in such gentleness lies soft velvet petals A kiss in clouds sweet colour sighs But still in beauty small danger lies For the smallest thorn can bring a teardrop to a loving eye To leave such beauty eclipsed in time to return again Enchanted sweetness all yours and mine For it you can take a breath of each new day And make it part of you all great beauty Will give you strength to softly go on your way.
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Reader Lamia could be in high school herself, with all the meaningful sighs and pauses that teenagers include in normal conversation.
In the July-August issue of the American Scientist, Michael Shayer, a psychologist at the University of London, sighs, "They're glued to bloody computer games." But Flynn himself notes that average IQ scores continue to rise in the United States, where American children are not known to avoid pernicious computer games.
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