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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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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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Robbie Fowler celebrates his 150th goal in the Premiership during last night's 3-2 victory for Manchester City over Norwich City at Carrow Road - a result which will have brought sighs of relief from The Hawthorns.
But when the two teams compared data and realized how closely their findings matched, "there were sighs of relief on both sides," Champague says.
There were tears on and offstage, and there were sighs of relief all over the Bay Area.
Sighs of relief reverberated through a Denver courtroom last week as the trial of Amendment 2 was gaveled into recess.
Approval of funding for construction, after several years of delay, brought sighs of relief from SSC supporters.