n. A very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps a sore spot, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it's something that no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole. Sometimes pink elephant in the room.
The degeneration of parental responsibility in this country is the elephant in the room, but no one in Washington wants to address it.
by fizzle April 15, 2004
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A large two ton grey coloured mammal that has entered into a traditionally human only habitat
Pete did you leave the patio doors open again ?
No why?
Well because there's an elephant in the room again!
by DJ Babyshaker November 20, 2016
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The shameful 45th president, whose narcissism and delusional thinking has led to countless American deaths from COVID and the shameful insurrection of January 6, 2020. Intelligent leaders and informed/concerned citizens cry out for his impeachment and resignation, but Republicans (ironically represented by the party symbol of AN ELEPHANT) continue to ignore, preferring the narcissistic personality disorder technique of “hoovering” to protect themselves and attempt to dupe constituents and get back into their good graces.
It’s a shame that social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are more proactive in dealing with the elephant in the room than our elected leaders, who are instead choosing to distance themselves from Trump rather than hold him accountable for his actions.
by witeral_magpie January 9, 2021
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A very American saying, that is a metaphor for something that people do not want to discuss.

Popularised in the UK by Loose Women guest panellist Alexandra Burke.
Ah, there's an Elephant in the room,
Ah, though we're all alone,
It's not just me and you
by KDRKS January 9, 2020
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The space in the middle of a dancing group.
On a dance floor, a group of friends will generally form into a circle. Bolder dancers might dive into this space when the DJ puts on a good tune, but generally it's left awkwardly absent and unacknowledged.
"Why are those people dancing around an empty space?"
"Because there's an elephant in the room."
by BasedFawkes March 10, 2016
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That one person at a part that takes up lots of room while dancing
"Let's all address the elephant in the room."
by Freddy Benson December 10, 2014
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