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Elephant in the room


Undeniable realty.¬† Obvious but ignored major concern. ‘Elephant’ refers to a very large problem or challenge and ‘in the room’ refers to it is here and now and must be confronted. Typically used to refer to a big concern that is being ignored by a group who instead discuss smaller details. (Compare to Eight hundred pound gorilla.)

“We had a nice conversation with her fiance, but the elephant in the room was the fact that she was pregnant.”

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