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ear tunnel

1. A short, cylindrical piece of jewelry that is fitted to one's earlobe, stretching it in such a way as to create a visible opening through the flesh. I'm in support of all forms of body modification, but the thought of getting an ear tunnel still gives me the willies.
2. The visible opening through the flesh of the earlobe that results from such a piercing. I think she tried to stretch her ear tunnel too fast, and now it's pretty badly infected.
See also: ear, tunnel

see the light at the end of the tunnel

To conceptualize or foresee an end to something difficult or unpleasant; to be relatively near to the end or conclusion of some problem or difficulty. 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, we might finally be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
See also: end, light, of, see, tunnel

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

tunnel through something

to make a tunnel or passageway through something or a group of people. Roger had to tunnel through the crowd to get to the rest room. The workers tunneled through the soft soil to reach the buried cable.
See also: through, tunnel

tunnel under someone or something

to dig a tunnel under someone or something. All the time she was standing in the yard talking about the moles, they were tunneling under her. They took many months to tunnel under the English Channel.
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tunnel vision

 
1. Lit. a visual impairment wherein one can only see what is directly ahead of oneself. I have tunnel vision, so I have to keep looking from side to side.
2. Fig. an inability to recognize other ways of doing things or thinking about things. The boss really has tunnel vision about sales and marketing. He sees no reason to change anything.
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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

tunnel vision

COMMON If someone has tunnel vision, they use all their energy and skill on something that is important to them and ignore other important things. Unfortunately, government departments tend to exhibit extreme tunnel vision. It is often beyond their capacity to appreciate or support something if it benefits more than one department. Note: This expression can also be used to show admiration for someone who has achieved a lot by concentrating on a single thing. They always say that you have to have tunnel vision to be a champion. You can't have any outside distractions at all. Note: You can also use tunnel-vision before a noun. The experts sometimes have a bureaucratic, tunnel-vision view of their mission. Note: Tunnel vision is a medical condition in which someone can only see things that are immediately in front of them, and cannot see things that are to the side.
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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

(have) ˌtunnel ˈvision

(disapproving) (have) an interest in only one small part of something instead of the whole of it: He’s got tunnel vision about music. He thinks only the classics are worth listening to.
See also: tunnel

light at the end of the tunnel

The prospect of success, relief, or escape after strenuous effort.
See also: end, light, of, tunnel
References in periodicals archive ?
The feasibility study of the road tunnel between Thimphu to Wangdue was completed by Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) Norway in collaboration with the Department of Geology and Mines in Bhutan in 2014.
The Rhondda Tunnel Society, which is campaigning to have the historic Victorian tunnel reopened as a walking and cycle route, is to receive the grant of more than PS90,000 from the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund to pay for a detailed examination of the abandoned 3,443-yard (3,148m) tunnel.
A second tunnel that extended around half a mile into South Korea was discovered in 1975.
IT turns out there are actually a few reasons why you've got to drive more slowly through the Birkenhead tunnel.
In which country is the world's second-longest train tunnel located?
A spokesman of the agriculture department said here Sunday that out of season vegetables were being cultivated in three kinds of tunnels including walk-in tunnel, low tunnel and high tunnel.
The Rhondda Tunnel Society, which wants the tunnel to reopen as a cycle and pedestrian route, has undertaken a topography survey to determine the land required to be dug out at the entrance to the tunnel at the top of the village of Blaencwm in the Rhondda.
IFor decades the tunnel - between Jarrow and Howdon - has served Tyneside folk wanting to cross to the other side of the river.
The Consultant(s) shall perform an initial Tunnel Inspection and condition assessment of the Queens Midtown Tunnel (QMT) and Hugh L.
Previously, FHWA provided guidance on inspections but had no means by which to require tunnel owners, such as State departments of transportation or other transportation agencies, to inspect tunnels.
National Highway Authority (NHA) assured the participants of the meeting that the tunnel will be open for general traffic for two days in a week, said a press release issued here by Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).
The tunnel measures approximately 4,200 ft long and 120 ft below the surface at its deepest point.
96- km- long tunnel is likely to be thrown open this month.
The simple answer to whether a high tunnel can pay for itself is that, in many environments, it may take up to three years--or it might take one day.
The contractor repairing the tunnel can begin the closures any time after April 1, said Rick Little, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.