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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TUNNEL

The dirt from the tunnel is washed for the joint account of the two companies.

Most of the mining is done in hydraulic and tunnel claims in deep hills.

She walked on and came into the road that leads to the tunnel.

She turned mechanically towards the tunnel, drawn by the darkness.

She knew, of course, really that the tunnel was lit from end to end by electricity.

She walked back till she reached the tunnel under the highroad.

A thousand thoughts were flashing through his mind when the tunnel ended.

Thy fish-men cannot be present there, in the rear of the tunnel, to report.

The tunnel entrance glowed with the pastel radiance from the rocks.

She meant to go down that tunnel and give her life to delay them while we escaped.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "funnel-shaped net for catching birds," from Middle French tonnelle "net," or tonel "cask," diminutive of Old French tonne "tun, cask for liquids," possibly from the same source as Old English tunne (see tun).

Sense of "tube, pipe" (1540s) developed in English and led to sense of "underground passage," which is first attested 1765, about five years after the first modern tunnel was built (on the Grand Trunk Canal in England). This sense subsequently has been borrowed into French (1878). The earlier native word for this was mine. Meaning "burrow of an animal" is from 1873. Tunnel vision first recorded 1949. The figurative phrase light at the end of the tunnel is attested from 1922.

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