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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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YIt's the first week of September, the kids have just gone back to school after six weeks and parents are heaving a sigh of relief
as life returns to normal.
She's also probably heaving a sigh of relief
that the 70lb little chap won't start growing his fearsome horn for another month.
I confess I took up that renowned office practice of clock watching, heaving a sigh of relief
when it was time to go home.