the end of the rainbow

the end of the rainbow

That which is greatly desired but is exceptionally difficult or elusive to achieve or obtain. I spent my whole college life thinking a cushy job like this was the end of the rainbow, but now that I have it, I'm feeling fairly disenchanted. After such a long legal battle, we're just happy to know that there will be a bit of closure at the end of the rainbow.
See also: end, of, rainbow

the end of the rainbow

If you say that something is the end of the rainbow, you mean that it is something that you would very much like to get or achieve it, although in reality this will be very difficult. For all these teams, Wembley was the elusive prize, the end of the rainbow. Note: You can also say that something is at the end of the rainbow. There's a great big prize at the end of the rainbow and we both want it. Compare with a pot of gold. Note: There is an old legend that a pot of gold is buried at the point where the end of the rainbow meets the ground.
See also: end, of, rainbow
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There may be a chance to catch a Leprechaun and find some gold at the end of the rainbow.
And Price is expected to fight Alexander Povetkin on the same bill, with the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow potentially being a shot at the 29-year-old Olympic champion, providing he beats his challenger on the same night.
There's not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Among other goings-on, John Charlton describes a pilot project that's funding libraries in South Africa, as well as a European Commission plot to reform copyright law for--you guessed it--the "pots of gold" at the end of the rainbow.
Karla Uphoff is hoping for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Old nuclear station didn't bring riches IN response to today's (7 April) front page, a report released in the run up to the general election promising thousands of jobs and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
IT was the end of the rainbow for a group of volunteers when they finished a charity bike ride with a difference.
At the end of the rainbow before 42,000 fans at St James', Marks was caught by a TV camera crying on the consoling shoulders of a colleague and consequently went down in FA Cup history.
With luck Big Momma will see the funny side of our search and for her there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in the shape of a brand new car.
To him they were more than decent covers that were convenient; they were the prize at the end of the rainbow.
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TODAY is St Patrick's Day and word is out that a mischievous magical leprechaun is descending on the kingdom and is bringing along his pot of gold for everyone to share at the end of the rainbow.
So exactly how many people even knew of the existence of the state's latest pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, aka the medical malpractice fund surplus?
You need to go within and trust your heart to give you the right answers and this way you find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.