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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“Elephant in the room.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephant%20in%20the%20room. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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