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phew

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Pronunciation: /fjuː
 
, fjʊ
 
/

Definition of phew in English:

exclamation

informal
Expressing a strong reaction of relief, or of disgust at a smell: phew, what a year!
More example sentences
  • But it went well, phew, and it was great to see how much my presentation and Japanese has improved in 8 months.
  • The major decisions in life have already been taken - phew.
  • A couple of uninstalls and reinstalls fixed the problem - phew.

Origin

early 17th century: imitative of puffing.

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