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white elephant


: something that requires a lot of care and money and that gives little profit or enjoyment

Full Definition of WHITE ELEPHANT

:  an Indian elephant of a pale color that is sometimes venerated in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar
a :  a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit
b :  an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others
c :  something of little or no value

First Known Use of WHITE ELEPHANT

15th century


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