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.

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!”
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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.