a light at the end of the tunnel

Definition of a light at the end of the tunnel

  1. :  a reason to believe that a bad situation will end soon or that a long and difficult job will be finished soon <They are falling deeper into debt, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel.> <The work on our house has been going on for months, but we're finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  something that makes vision possible

    :  the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors

    :  electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of 299,792,458 meters (about 186,000 miles) per second

  1. :  having light :  bright

    :  not dark, intense, or swarthy in color or coloring :  pale

    :  medium in saturation and high in lightness

  1. :  to become light :  brighten

    :  to take fire

    :  to set fire to

  1. :  having little weight :  not heavy

    :  designed to carry a comparatively small load

    :  having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk

  1. :  lightly

    :  with little baggage

  1. :  dismount

    :  settle, alight

    :  to arrive by chance :  happen

  1. :  the part of an area that lies at the boundary

    :  a point that marks the extent of something

    :  the point where something ceases to exist

  1. :  to bring to an end

    :  destroy

    :  to make up the end of

  1. :  final, ultimate

  1. :  to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

  1. :  a hollow conduit or recess :  tube, well

    :  a covered passageway

    :  a horizontal passageway through or under an obstruction

  1. :  to make or use a tunnel

    :  to pass through a potential barrier

    :  to make a tunnel or similar opening through or under

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