What does elephant in the room mean?


Idiom Meaning:

something obvious that nobody wants to talk about


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


22 Jump Street (2014)

Time of Scene: ~01:04:55

Captain Dickson: Gentlemen, you’re not gonna sit here and pretend there’s not a big-ass elephant in the room.


Casino Jack (2010)

Time of Scene: ~01:01:05

Jack Abramoff: Mediocrity is the elephant in the room. It’s ubiquitous. Mediocrity in your schools. It’s in your dreams. It’s in your family. And those of us who know this, those of us who understand the disease of the dull, we do something about it. We do more because we have to.


The Sopranos “All Due Respect” (2004)

Time of Scene: ~00:46:30

Anthony ‘Tony’ Soprano Sr.: Let’s talk, John, about the 500-pound elephant in the room, which is that you started this cycle of bloodshed when you whacked that girl Carmine used to fuck.

John ‘Johnny Sack’ Sacrimoni: Lorraine Caluzzo was not a girl. And what kind of man bangs his second cousin?

Anthony ‘Tony’ Soprano Sr.: What are you? The friggin’ cardinal?



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