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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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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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Now that Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton have all given birth this summer -- to beautiful, healthy babies, no less -- we can all exhale big sighs of relief. But during the baby bump extravaganza of 2013, the media blitz wasn't the most comfortable to get through.
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.
SIGHS of relief all round at Freeserve after new figures proved its membership was growing, rather than slipping as dark rumours had suggested - but not as much as it would like.
tears on and offstage, and there were sighs of relief all over the Bay Area.
Locals who raised the alarm were breathing sighs of relief after it emerged the tanker's load of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel had just been emptied earlier.
Sighs of relief reverberated through a Denver courtroom last week as the trial of Amendment 2 was gaveled into recess.
The Orchard County management feared that he may have had cruciate ligament damage - which could have ended his career or kept him out for a year or more - but when the big man returned to training just over six weeks ago there were sighs of relief all round the county.
There were tears on and offstage, and there were sighs of relief all over the Bay Area.