Whew vs. Phew

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  • Whew (verb)

    To whistle with a shrill pipe, like a plover.

  • Phew (interjection)

    Used to show relief, fatigue, or surprise.

    “Phew, that took a long time to define!”

  • Phew (interjection)

    Used to show disgust.

    “Phew, it stinks in here!”

  • Whew (interjection)

    used to express surprise, relief, or a feeling of being very hot or tired

    “whew—and I thought it was serious!”

  • Phew (interjection)

    expressing a strong reaction of relief, or of disgust at a smell

    “phew, what a year!”

Oxford Dictionary

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