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light at the end of the tunnel

The end to something difficult or unpleasant. I've been working on this book for over a year, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now that the doctors have been able to diagnose what's wrong with me, there is finally 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

COMMON If there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is hope that a difficult situation might be coming to an end. After horrific times we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. People feel hopeless. They don't see any light at the end of the tunnel.
See also: end, light, of, tunnel

light at the end of the tunnel

a long-awaited indication that a period of hardship or adversity is nearing an end.
See also: end, light, of, tunnel

(see the) ˌlight at the end of the ˈtunnel

(see) the possibility of success, happiness, etc. in the future, especially after a long period of difficulty: Business has been bad recently, but I think we’re beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
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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This is the light at the end of the tunnel, the tunnel keeps going on going, we've got a long way to go, and this is the hump we needed to get over,' said Manuel.
The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer but let's take things month by month.
Our challenge as administrators and educators is to make this generation see the light at the end of the tunnel.
He said: "Really for the first time in three years, for me, I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
But we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and when we get a few more guys back fit hopefully we can kick on.
We can certainly see the light at the end of the tunnel in January and February.
construction industry executives told us that they could see the light at the end of the tunnel after several years of economic uncertainty," said Roy Keller, president of CIT Equipment Finance.
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel and we are making progress towards it.
Clearly, these are difficult economic times and the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be getting farther and farther away.
As Corning CEO Jamie Houghton quipped to Chief Executive last month, "We can see the 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.
An old saying warns that the light at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming train.
That was very tempting but we still thought we could see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Now they claim to see the 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.