English Idiom – Light at the end of the tunnel.

Meaning – The end of a difficult situation, or the solution to a problem. If there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is a sign that you are coming to the end of a troublesome period of time. An indication that a period of hardship is nearing an end.

This expression can be used as an expression to encourage someone to keep going as they face a difficult challenge. It is a reminder that someone has made progress towards their goal.

If you are feeling fit and healthy after an illness or period of difficulty, you could say that you are feeling right as rain (idiom).

You can reference a specific problem or issue with this expression. In the example below the issue that is nearing an end is a power crisis.


When could you use this idiom?

  • You are finally seeing progress as you work to overcome a particularly challenging problem.
  • A colleague at work is nearing the end of a difficult situation.
  • Your cricket team has finally won a game after a series of embarrassing defeats.


  • “More are more people are getting vaccinated, and some countries are staring to open their borders again. There is definitely light at the end of the tunnel!”

In The News:

Covid: Shropshire school head ‘can’t see light at end of tunnel’


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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