Meaning of “light at the end of the tunnel” in the English Dictionary

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"light at the end of the tunnel" in British English

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light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished:

As finals approached, she felt that at last she could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

(Definition of “light at the end of the tunnel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"light at the end of the tunnel" in American English

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light at the end of the tunnel

hope of success, happiness, or help after a long period of difficulty:

After four years struggling as a grad student, Sujata could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

(Definition of “light at the end of the tunnel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)