to see the light at the end of the tunnel

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - see the light at the end of the tunnel

"to see the light at the end of the tunnel"

to become aware of the prospect of success, relief, or escape at the end of a difficult situation or task


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - see the light at the end of the tunnel

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How long have you been working on that company restructuring plan?

Colleague 2:  It's been close to a year of hard slogging work.  Our team has worked eighty hour weeks, weekends and holidays to try to get it finished.

Colleague 1:  Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Colleague 2:  I am very happy to report that there are just a couple of finishing touches and it will be ready early next week.

Colleague 1:  Must be a relief for you.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - see the light at the end of the tunnel

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How are you feeling? Seems like you've been getting cancer treatment forever.

Friend 2:  It has been torture but after a year I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Friend 1:  Sounds like good news.

Friend 2:  The doctors have said that the latest scans show that the tumors are almost gone. Maybe one more round of chemotherapy and I can get on with my life.

Friend 1:  Nice to see a positive outcome coming soon.

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to see the light at the end of the tunnel - Gerund Form:

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel often causes people to work a little harder.

to see the light at the end of the tunnel - Examples:

1)  Can't see the light at the end of the tunnel right now, feel very alone and unsupported. I hope one day I can ...

2)  ... more supplies are coming in and there's light at the end of the tunnel.

3)  Not only is there as yet no light at the end of the tunnel, but it might have no end at all.

4)  A competent therapist can help you find the light at the end of the tunnel.

5)  I just don't see a light at the end of the tunnel, and there's nothing to look forward to anymore but the vague promise of ...

6)  There is light at the end of the tunnel.... stay prayerful and whatever you do..... don't give up! Looking forward ...

7)  ... that in 18 or 24 months we might see light at the end of the tunnel in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece.

8)  ... things chug along, and I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in my semester. And I am feeling good about how things are in general ...

9)  It was torture! But that light at the end of the tunnel did come and now I am happily employed in a place that is wonderful.

10)  ... get yourself out of your debts and see the light at the end of the tunnel because debt relief is here!

11)  ... and by doing so would one day see the light at the end of the tunnel.

12)  I saw no light at the end of the tunnel, and I recall I just wanted it all to end.

13)  It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the tunnel is such a mess, and people with depression have a harder ...

14)  ... but now that we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, we're ready to try again.

15)  But then I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, I found a tutorial that teaches you to build a Wordpress theme from scratch ...

16)  ... darn miserable lately. I do see a light at the end of the tunnel, though. If you've my been following my saga, you know that ...

17)  ...took loans, but they could see light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually they did very well financially, put two kids through college, ...

18)  ... stage ended I would post that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for those parents with fussy babies. By 3-4 months she slowly cried less and less.

19)  Too many people are struggling with no light at the end of the tunnel. They are basically stuck in purgatory their entire life, just because they made ...

20)  ... investors were finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel as rock-bottom markets prepared to make their turnaround.