Idiom of the Week: Elephant in the Room

Meaning: A big problem everyone is ignoring or afraid to talk about.


His alcoholism was the elephant in the room. Everyone knew he had a drinking problem but no one said anything.

Politicians are focusing on the wrong issue and ignoring the elephant in the room.

It was the elephant in the room for a long time until Tamara finally said something about it.


Pop Quiz:

Why might there be an elephant in the room?

A.  Workers don’t want to get fired.

B.  Politicians want to get elected.

C.  Someone might get angry.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is A. B, and C. People can be afraid to talk about something for many reasons, but any big problem that is being ignored for whatever reason is an elephant in the room.

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