Meaning of “white elephant” in the English Dictionary

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"white elephant" in British English

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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)

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