Examples of elephant in a Sentence
by any standard, the new shopping mall will be an elephant and one that is certain to alter the retail landscape
Recent Examples of elephant from the Web
In the corner stands a silver elephant and other trinkets.
And Roar isn't just a film for cat lovers: An extended sequence sees the adventurous family escaping on a boat, only to be capsized by an elephant that snaps their vehicle like a twig.
At around the same time, anthrax killed a number of elephants and hippos in the Kasika Conservancy, also located in Namibia.
There’s also the elephant in the room, and that elephant just drained a three-pointer in your face.
Asking about the secret to the Tide's success is like asking an elephant for his secret to squashing bugs.
Rosenthal, known to inject levity into intense legal proceedings, likened herself to a boa constrictor trying to gain control of an elephant but indicated the herculean task was doable.
The 2016 Rio Games were already marred by trails of corruption, and billions of public money spent and several useless white-elephant venues spread around the city.
For $10 per person, guests can enjoy the 4-mile drive and select portions of the walk-through park, including the giraffe feeding, water sprayground, flying elephant ride, paddle boats, restaurant and gift shop.
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Origin and Etymology of elephant
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbehemoth, blockbuster, colossus, dinosaur, dreadnought, giant, Goliath, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, mastodon, monster, titan, whale, whopper
Antonymsdiminutive, dwarf, half-pint, midget, mite, peewee, pygmy (also pigmy), runt, shrimp
Related Wordsamazon, giantess; bulk, hulk; heavyweight; juggernaut, steamroller
Near Antonymslightweight, weakling, wimp, wisp; nonentity, twerp, whippersnapper
Financial Definition of ELEPHANT
What It Is
Elephants are large institutions that make big trades.
How It Works
CalPERS (the California Public Employees' Retirement System) is the nation's largest pension fund. More than 1.6 million people there are employees of public institutions such as schools and local governments. To ensure that the fund has enough money to make pension payments when employees retire, it invests that money in stocks, bonds, venture capital, real estate and a variety of other assets. In 2012, CalPERS had about $234 billion invested and another $3 billion in cash.
Accordingly, it can make some very large trades and has a lot of influence in the market. CalPERS can also be a source of capital for growing companies: It invested $34.2 billion in private equity in 2012.
Why It Matters
When elephants make trades, they are often large trades that can spike (or tank) the price of a stock or other security quickly. Elephants aren't just big influencers of the markets; they're big "gets" for brokerage firms, advisory firms, or any other financial institution that retains them as customers. After all, fees are often a percentage of trade size or asset size, and thus it's usually a big deal to "bag an elephant."
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