pink elephants

plural noun

Definition of pink elephants

: hallucinations arising especially from heavy drinking or use of narcotics began to see pink elephants

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Recent Examples on the Web Even when black holes crashed together and merged, the singularities—or pink elephants—would remain hidden by their event horizons, preventing their existence from throwing the outer cosmos into chaos. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Nobel Prize Work Took Black Holes from Fantasy to Fact," 8 Oct. 2020 This six-inch pink elephant from beloved plush toy maker Mary Meyer has a Wubbanub medical grade non-latex pacifier attached. Popular Science, "Four pacifiers to help your baby feel calmer," 15 Mar. 2020 Curtin, a wildlife artist, paints pink elephants, blue rhinoceroses, standing cows and pigs adorned with jewelry and lipstick. Faith E. Pinho, latimes.com, "Laguna Art-A-Fair welcomes new and familiar faces to opening day Friday," 27 June 2019 Since the legendary car wash opened in 1956, the rotating pink elephant has witnessed the Space Needle go up and Amazon’s headquarters emerge from former parking lots just a few blocks away. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "From then to now: Pink elephant of the Elephant Car Wash has seen Seattle change drastically around it," 7 Feb. 2019 The 1950s design by Remco features nine playful, painted wood obstacles—from the clown, lighthouse, and dachshund shown here to a pink elephant and storybook castle. Jessica Leigh Hester, Country Living, "3 Outdoor Games to Play This Summer," 27 June 2014 The Trailer for Tim Burton's Live-Action Dumbo Is Only a Little Scary Disney There's just one pink elephant. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "The Trailer for Tim Burton's Live-Action Dumbo Is Only a Little Scary," 13 June 2018 For starts, Beard -- a New Orleans artist and author best known for his frenetic deceptions of wildlife -- lives in a pink elephant surrounded by a menagerie. Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com, "Bohemian rhapsody: Artist Alex Beard fills a Garden District manse with art, heirlooms and curiosities," 11 Oct. 2017 Beard calls it the pink elephant, given its rosy paint job and grand Garden District size (more than 5,000 square feet). Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com, "Bohemian rhapsody: Artist Alex Beard fills a Garden District manse with art, heirlooms and curiosities," 11 Oct. 2017

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Pink elephants.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pink%20elephants. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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