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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

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.
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.
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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
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Ultimately, tunneling may prove too cumbersome, and companies will most likely opt for a single resource and a single technology.
Their findings also revealed an unusual magnetic effect that they attributed to quantum tunneling in ferromagnetic particles somewhat larger than those used by Awschalom's group.
Tunneling for placing the ON-Q Soaker Catheter can be used in heart, chest, weight loss, women's, plastic, spine and foot surgeries, among other procedures.
He has worked on such projects as the Queens Mid-Town and Lincoln Tunnels in New York, construction of a water tunnel in Hong Kong for the Chek Pek water project, tunneling under the Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, numerous subway tunnels in New York, and construction of more than 32 miles of tunnel for a hydroelectric project in New York.
It's difficult to pick up an issue of a journal such as PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS without seeing some mention of scanning tunneling microscopy.
Additionally, Verio will provide IPv6 WAN connectivity for the event, allowing event attendees and exhibitors to have free IPv6 access and will give those present an opportunity to utilize the company's new off-net tunneling service.
Data tunneling, also called encapsulation, interleaves data from external sources on the same network, bandwith used with channel networking applications like tape vaulting or extended channel attached peripherals.
A tunneling microscope uses the tiny electric current flowing between a probe tip and a sample only a few atomic diameters away to trace out a contour map of the sample's surface atoms.
Incorporating Aventail's patent-pending Smart Tunneling architecture for the first time, Aventail now delivers a single VPN solution that unifies complete control and security with universal application access to all UDP, TCP, IP protocols, and back connect applications, such as VoIP.
He said the delay probably won't put the project off schedule overall, because the modifications to both tunneling machines have allowed them to move much more quickly through the Topanga rock than before.
Meanwhile, IBM and Stanford University scientists have modified a scanning tunneling microscope to map forces on the surfaces of both conducting and insulating materials.
Seamless integration between the L2TP tunneling functions and MPLS VPNs on the same platform.
Tutor-Saliba and another outfit were brought in to complete the tunneling and station work left hanging after the MTA fired contractor Shea-Kiewit-Kenny last summer.
A symposium on the subject at last week's meeting in Baltimore of the American Physical Society detailed research with tunneling microscopes from AT&T Bell Laboratories, Stanford University, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Universidad Autonoma (Autonomous University) of Madrid.
The tunneling program is intended to ensure interception of the lower zone in the event the zone becomes steep to vertical at depth.