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

"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 ​longtime, or ​signs that a ​long and ​difficultpiece of ​work is ​almostfinished: As ​finalsapproached, 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 ​longperiod of ​difficulty: After four ​yearsstruggling as a ​gradstudent, 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)
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