rogue elephant


: a vicious elephant that separates from the herd and roams alone
: one whose behavior resembles that of a rogue elephant in being aberrant or independent

Examples of rogue elephant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This anecdote encapsulates Professor Monti’s vision of a coordinated army of ants – these apartment-level battery packs, none of which are particularly powerful by themselves are working together to do the work the rogue elephant power plant struggles to do. Erik Kobayashi-Solomon, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Gage provides proof that Hoover was no rogue elephant, acting entirely on his own. Kai Bird, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 That great hit song was something of a beautiful rogue elephant who, after escaping from the zoo, remained hidden in the Hollywood Hills somewhere near Argyle. Rickie Lee Jones, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 The action is split between a Baptist congregation somewhere in the United States and Nigeria, where a rogue elephant is undergoing intensive therapy, apparently to address its killer impulses and to save it from the gallows. Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rogue elephant was in 1835

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“Rogue elephant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

rogue elephant

: a vicious elephant that separates from the herd and roams alone
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