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white elephantnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌwaɪt ˈel.ɪ.fənt/  us   /ˌwaɪt ˈel.ɪ.fənt/ disapproving
something that has cost a lot of money but has no useful purpose
(Definition of white elephant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"white elephant" in Business English

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white elephantnoun [C]

uk   us  
something that costs a lot of money but has no useful purpose: The stadium is likely to become a white elephant after the championships are over.
(Definition of white elephant from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “white elephant”
in Chinese (Simplified) 昂贵且无用的东西…
in Chinese (Traditional) 昂貴而無用的東西…
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