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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 method of guessing on a multiple choice test that involves looking at the position of the second hand. If the hand is between 12 and 3 the guess is A. If the hand is between 3 and 6 the guess is B. Between 6 and 9 guess C. Between 9 and 12 guess D.
I passed my test! Thanks to the Clock Method
by ET4444 November 12, 2007
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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 09, 2020
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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 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 August 02, 2016
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The state of trying to fit something too large in too small of a space. A fail in interior design. Synonym: clutter.
The elephant in the room was clearly the full-sized sectional couch in the tiny apartment.
by WaterBuffaLOL May 24, 2020
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