heave a sigh of relief

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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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But the 24-year-old actress - who plays newspaper girl Lane MacKenzie in Savannah (ITV 9pm) - heaves a sigh of relief that she doesn't have to live down a raunchy screen image.