elephant in the room

noun phrase

Definition of elephant in the room

: an obvious major problem or issue that people avoid discussing or acknowledging

First Known Use of elephant in the room

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elephant in the room was in 1985

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“Elephant in the room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephant%20in%20the%20room. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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