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heave a sigh of relief

To experience an intense feeling of happiness or relief because 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 are heaving a big sigh of relief now that a Greek exit from the Euro has been avoided.
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They bequeathed the whole mystery to their successors and heaved a sigh of relief when they were rid of a business that had puzzled them without amusing them in the least.
So he bolted his breakfast, a sickly, sloppy affair, as rapidly as they, and heaved a sigh of relief when he passed out through the kitchen door.
Dorian heaved a sigh of relief as he saw the gardener approaching.
Bryan Smart heaved a sigh of relief as the judge called BOND CITY the winner of the five-furlong Border Construction Maiden Auction Stakes, and so end a lean spell for the stable.
ARSENAL heaved a sigh of relief as they left Fratton Park last night with their unbeaten league record intact.
TRAVELLERS heaved a sigh of relief yesterday as four days of rail strikes were called off.
Olaf Lindenbergh was harshly accused of handball 25 minutes later but the Ajax skipper heaved a sigh of relief when Adriano screwed the ball wide from the penalty spot.
But the home fans heaved a sigh of relief with three minutes left when Craig prodded the ball over the line from Dixon's cross.
HIBS heaved a sigh of relief yesterday after learning Scott Brown hasn't suffered a broken ankle bone.
He sclaffed his effort and heaved a sigh of relief when it squirmed past Saints Mark Howard to earn a 1-0 win.
And after Wayne Routledge's deflected strike restored the Londoners' lead Wigley heaved a sigh of relief when Andreas Jakobsson hit a 76th minute equaliser.
Alan Dickman heaved a sigh of relief as he watched Propellor win the Shopmobility Maiden Auction Stakes.
Winning trainer Dennis Coakley heaved a sigh of relief after the race, adding: "He travelled well and did it all right in the end.
SEASICK Paul Singleton heaved a sigh of relief when a 3lb 2oz garfish, a toothy pike lookalike, lay on the deck of a rolling Plymouth charter boat and won him a Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite rod in the Sunday People competition.
CRAIG BROWN heaved a sigh of relief yesterday as Aberdeen's injury crisis eased with the return of three key players.