light at the end of the tunnel


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(the) light at the end of the tunnel

the end of a difficult period or job At this point, there is no light at the end of the tunnel because we have to start over. Once I could see light at the end of the tunnel, writing the last part of the book wasn't so hard.
See also: end, light, of, tunnel

light at the end of the tunnel

something which makes you believe that a difficult or unpleasant situation will end We're halfway through our exams now, so we can see light at the end of the tunnel . Unemployment is still rising but analysts assure us there is light at the end of the tunnel.
See also: end, light, of, tunnel

light at the end of the tunnel

The end of a difficult situation or task, the solution to a difficult problem. For example, It's taken three years to effect this merger, but we're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel . This metaphoric expression dates from the 1800s, but became widespread only in the mid-1900s.
See also: end, light, of, tunnel

light at the end of the tunnel

The prospect of success, relief, or escape after strenuous effort.
See also: end, light, of, tunnel
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Whenever possible, let them see, feel, smell and experience the light at the end of the tunnel.
The CEOs who are going to be able to actually bask in the light at the end of the tunnel are those who do not become consumed by the pessimism of the moment and do not allow a sense of paralysis to creep into their organizations.
Some of the emotionally wounded are emerging from the shock phase of recovery, seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, but most importantly, gathering a sense of mission about what happened and what must be done.
However, as Bishop Jim Cruickshank visited communities to reassure people, "we began to see that light at the end of the tunnel.
com, two of the leaders in the market, say they see light at the end of the tunnel.
The light at the end of the tunnel that is being promised is that ultimately, the industry will be better off when capacity is more in line with demand.
Pembrokeshire council's food and craft officer Kate Morgan said the market represented a light at the end of the tunnel for many small producers in Pembrokeshire who, although there had been no foot-andmouth outbreak in the county, had suffered as a result of the epidemic.
He presents a hopeful message that sexual addiction can be overcome and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
2 MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ, THE ELEMENTARY PARTICLES (Knopf, 2000) Ideal summer reading: unremittingly depressing, with little or no light at the end of the tunnel.
That was very tempting but we still thought we could see the light at the end of the tunnel.
It is a world with no light at the end of the tunnel .
The hundreds of children at the Waterfront sang the integrated schools theme: "There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel.
Whether the cause is arthritis, nerve pain such as sciatica, or soft tissue pain following an injury, it can last such a long time that the light at the end of the tunnel flickers and fades, and despair sets in.
Now they claim to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair hailed the breakthrough in hopes of lifting the British beef export ban telling MPs there was now "some light at the end of the tunnel.