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white elephant

noun

1 white elephant

A valuable possession whose upkeep is excessively expensive.

Roget 663: bane, curse; evil etc. 619; hurtfulness etc. (badness) 649; painfulness etc. (cause of pain) 830; scourge ... show more



2 white elephant

Albinic Indian elephant; rare and sometimes venerated in east Asia.


Moby thesaurus: Christmas present, award, birthday present, box, burden, burthen, cadeau, cargo, charge, cross, cumbrance, deadweight, difficulty, disadvantage, embarrassment, encumbrance, fairing, freight, gift, hamper ... show more.

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