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a load off (one's) mind

The relief felt after sharing what one is thinking or feeling with others, or upon no longer having a particular problem. Having a night out to talk over my problem with my close friend helped me get a load off my mind. I finally completed my tax return for this year. That's a load off my mind!
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*a load off one's mind

 and *a weight off one's mind
Fig. the relief from a mental burden gained by saying what one is thinking or by speaking one's mind. (*Typically: get ~; take ~.) I think you'll feel better after you get a load off your mind.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

load off one's mind, a

Relief from a mental burden or anxiety, as in Good news about the baby took a load off my mind. This expression uses load in the sense of "a figurative burden." [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

(take) a load/weight off somebody’s mind

great relief, because a problem has been solved: Selling the house was an enormous weight off my mind.‘I’ve finished all my essays.’ ‘I bet that’s a load off your mind.’It took a load off my mind when the doctor said I was free from infection.
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load off one's mind, a

A great relief. This cliché, transferring a physical burden to mental anxiety or anguish, dates from the mid-nineteenth century. In slightly different guise, however, Shakespeare used load in this figurative sense, as in “Those that wring under the load of sorrow” (Much Ado about Nothing, 5.1).
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I should have got through the rest of that day happily enough, such was the load off my mind and hands, but for an extraordinary and most disconcerting note received late at night from Raffles himself.
The relief of finding that you have no objection to make, Mrs General, quite takes a load off my mind, I am sure.
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What a load off my mind! It was so delightful to know that she could confide in me and like me!
That wasn't the case at all and, if anything, I think getting the load off my mind was the best thing I have ever done.
When I had cancer, Macmillan was always there at the end of the phone and really took a load off my mind. I would encourage anyone to consider leaving part of their legacy to this amazing charity.'
One young man, who asked not to be identified, had his trial adjourned four times and said being cleared in less than an hour by a jury was "a load off my mind".
I knew what Mr Oades had done for her and what his capabilities were, so that was a big load off my mind.
"It was a load off my mind, to tell the truth," Savard said.
According to Ruettgers, the conservative leader of Germany's most populous state, 'It took a load off my mind when I heard that there is no decision here at General Motors' headquarters to shut down any plants in Germany.'
Excuse the pun, but it was a load off my mind and a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.
"It would be a load off my mind if we don't get one - I don't know who would take it."
It's helping a lot to be honest and now the court case has been settled it's a real load off my mind.
What a load off my mind. I ate a turkey sandwich, and bit the candy floor ready to check out kids novelty candy first.
"It was a big relief to win in China and a load off my mind. I was starting to think I didn't have what it takes to win any more.