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English definition of “an elephant in the room”

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an elephant in the room

informal
If you say there is an elephant in the room, you mean that there is an obvious problem or difficult situation that people do not want to talk about.
Translations of “an elephant in the room”
in Chinese (Traditional) (人們不願提及的)棘手問題…
in Chinese (Simplified) (人们不愿提及的)棘手问题…
(Definition of an elephant in the room from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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