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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 be able 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. After rejecting for years the possibility of using marijuana for medicinal purposes, the government seems to finally be seeing the light.
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.
See also: tunnel

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.
See also: 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

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.
See also: 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

(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
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Considering the functional diversity, this work revealed that conserved environments such as NV and MS in this region, hold a larger proportion of Dung Beetle (DB) tunnelers, rollers and dwellers.
We encountered 1 case of vaginal wall injury during the passage of the tunneler and it was reinserted again without any sequel.
Palestinian medical officials found the bodies of two tunnelers on Sept 5.
Highlighting the risks faced by the tunnelers, Israeli warplanes carried out two strikes along the border with Egypt on Thursday, wounding three workers, medical workers said.
Willis Allen came from a family of itinerant tunnelers and miners who hailed from the mountain regions of the South.
Among Australians and Americans, sharply higher death rates were reported for civilian miners (6,25) and military tunnelers (G.
Brickhill, himself a Stalag Luft III inmate and participant in the effort, provides many engrossing details about the planning, organizational discipline, physical bravery, and intense labor of the Allied tunnelers, forgers, tailors, and lookouts.
After the first, most difficult reach, tunnelers encountered porous sandstone where they were periodically interrupted by programmed grouting of watercourses designed to sustain the seasonal springs above.
Most tunnelers look forward to seeing the light at tire end of the tunnel when they hole through, but in this case, all they had to look forward to was just another dark tunnel.
disadvantages of Nolph styles of catheters * Complications-- leaks, tip migration, cuff extrusion * Equipment for access --stencils, trocars, tunnelers, peritoneoscopic equipment, guide wires, adaptors * Preoperative preparation * Intraoperative techniques--surgical dissection, peritoneoscopy * Postoperative routines/protocols * Associated complications-- leakage, tip migration, bleeding, poor inflow/outflow, cuff extrusion, bowel perforation, adhesions, catheter infections, unusual complications (organ perforation, allergy reactions) * Indications for catheter removal * Methods of removal American Nephrology Content includes: ANNA Nurses' Association East Holly Ave.
A difference in tunnelers and railroad engineers was also apparent.
Proposed regulations and proposed indictments of the tunnelers were routinely quashed.
The tunnelers install instruments that will yield reliable measurements of pressures and movements in the natural walls, which permit them to make informed judgments about what further support is necessary.
If we are six foot below or above the surface the council have to call in specialist tunnelers or climbers," Mr Heller, added.
A more sizable number of Net users are burrowers or tunnelers.