One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A major problem or controversial issue which is obviously present but is avoided as a subject for discussion.‘they've steadfastly ignored the elephant in the room: the ever-growing debt burden on graduates’
- ‘But the Iraq issue was the elephant in the room, the issue that the two leaders could not ignore.’
- ‘Here in Britain the issue of illegal immigration used to be like the elephant in the room that everyone pretended not to notice.’
- ‘It's an OK article, but Rodriguez ignores the elephant in the room when discussing Kasparov's political fortunes in Russia: he's Jewish.’
- ‘It's time for both sides to acknowledge the elephant in the room: we are exporting America's quality of life.’
- ‘I'm sorry, that is a big - that is the elephant in the room.’
- ‘But the elephant in the room, as the policy grinds forward, is US corporate involvement in Colombia.’
- ‘I also think the Small decisions are interesting because they completely avoid the elephant in the room: the Second Amendment.’
- ‘They do an admirable job of laying out the data, and the financial issues facing societies with ageing populations, with one major exception: they ignore the elephant in the room.’
- ‘Equally unhealthy is a refusal to admit there is another view or to admit the presence of the elephant in the room.’
- ‘It's the elephant in the room that everybody avoids talking about, isn't it?’
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