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tunnel in Transport topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtunneltun‧nel1 /ˈtʌnl/ ●●● W3 noun [countable]  1 TTa passage that has been dug under the ground for cars, trains etc to go through a railway tunnel the Channel Tunnel (=between England and France)2 HBAHOLEa passage under the ground that animals have dug to live inCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + tunnel a two-mile/1500-foot-long etc tunnelA 250-metre-long tunnel provides access to all parts of the development.a dark tunnelHe peered uneasily down the dark tunnel at the end of the platform.a narrow tunnelShe ran down the narrow tunnel leading to the exit.an underground tunnelThe prisoners escaped through an underground tunnel.a rail/railway tunnelthe 15km long Gotthard railway tunnel a road tunnela road tunnel through the mountainsthe Channel Tunnel (=the tunnel under the sea between England and France)They went by train via the Channel Tunnel.phrasesthe roof of a tunnelThe roof of the tunnel was a foot above his head.the entrance to a tunnel/tunnel entranceTo the right was the entrance to a second tunnel.verbsdig a tunnelBurglars had dug a tunnel under the building in an attempted raid.build a tunnelThe contractors will start building the tunnel next month.a tunnel leads somewhereThe Greenwich Foot Tunnel leads under the River Thames.
Examples from the Corpus
tunnelOver the next few hours, faces and figures passed like the tableaux of a funhouse tunnel.Irrigation tunnels of water ran beside the beds and not far from small thatched-roof houses.Police feared that du Pont might try to flee through a series of tunnels beneath the house.He was emerging from the tunnel.A rock dam was erected to keep bat fans out of the tunnel.The construction works on the tunnel would disrupt one of the colony's main breeding grounds.Napoleon is believed to have been warmly in favour even though the tunnel was not designed for military purposes.About eighteen people escaped from this tunnel and they were not all recaptured until four days later.