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phew

phew

Date: Mar 16 2017

Themes: Celebrity, Pop Culture

Quote

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“I got out of the car and was like, phew, that was kind of a boring day anyhow.”

—Model Chrissy Teigen, speaking about being in a car accident (Twitter)

Definition

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expression of relief

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Imagine that you get in a car accident. Wow! It’s a scary idea, isn’t it? However, if the accident isn’t too bad, you will probably feel more relieved than scared. After all, a little damage to your car is much better than you or another person getting hurt! After your heart stops pounding so fast, you might wipe the sweat off your forehead, have a glass of water, and say to yourself, “Phew! That wasn’t so bad!”

We use the word phew to show relief about something. It is similar to the sound you make when you breathe out or sigh. For example, when you are finished taking a difficult exam, you might say, “Phew,” to yourself. Or when you get stuck in traffic but still end up arriving to work on time, you might tell a co-worker, “Phew! I’m glad I wasn’t late!”

Model Chrissy Teigen was recently in a car accident, but no one got hurt. She was relieved, so she tweeted to her fans that everything was OK and that she felt relieved.

Have you ever been in a car accident?

Examples

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“Phew! I’m so glad that test is over!”

“I was worried that my boss would be mad at me for being late. Phew! I’m glad that she wasn’t.”

“Phew! That was a scary movie. I’m glad it’s over!”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

julito1 Expressing relief or exhaustion
by julito1
a2020 exclamation for bad feeling;puff
by a2020
Manu4 An expression used to express relief.
by Manu4
Finally!Said when something bad or tiring ends.
by La Princesse de la vie

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karljuansong

China

luckily, i have never run into any accident so far, whatever it is large or small. But shortly after the day i bought the car, it scraped another car of others on the back-wheel, with a little scar and damages. Following that , i took the car to have it repaired . Phew! No person hurt. 

01:56 AM Mar 20 2017 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Fortunately i have not been in a car accident.phew i am glad.

11:57 AM Mar 16 2017 |

julito1

julito1

Argentina

In Argentina we say when a situation is boring ” puff!

10:26 AM Mar 16 2017 |

jansladek

jansladek

Slovakia

In Slovakia we use such a phrase as this is ´´phew´´ for the not interest to anything or anyone.


for expressing our feelings in the same situations we use ooff and wipe the sweat of the forehead…... :-)


06:20 AM Mar 16 2017 |

mahtab49

mahtab49

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

In persian we express our feelings in such situation with “oofff” or “puff”! 😀


I’d like to know more interjections in English! 👌

12:58 AM Mar 16 2017 |

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