1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.
“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)
1. Definition - Study the definition.
expression of relief
2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.
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?
1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.
“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!”