Today’s idiom: “the elephant in the room”

27 Nov

If there were an elephant in the room, it would be quite difficult to ignore it, wouldn’t it? Perhaps you would not say anything, hoping that it would go away? But of course it can’t.

This image has become a metaphor for a problem (or a truth) that everyone can see, but nobody wants to talk about. For example: “The president arrived at the meeting with his trousers open. Nobody dared to say anything – it was the elephant in the room.”

elephant in the room


One Response to “Today’s idiom: “the elephant in the room””


  1. The Metaphor | Hägar Language School - March 18, 2014

    […] By the way, you can find more elephant metaphors here: “elephant in the room“, and “white […]

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