an elephant in the room Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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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 ​obviousproblem or ​difficultsituation that ​people do not ​want to ​talk about.
(Definition of an elephant in the room from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “an elephant in the room”
in Chinese (Simplified) (人们不愿提及的)棘手问题…
in Chinese (Traditional) (人們不願提及的)棘手問題…