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What is a "white elephant"?



 
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What is a "white elephant"? #1 (permalink) Sat Mar 17, 2007 14:54 pm   What is a "white elephant"?
 

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #1 "English Animal Idioms", question 6

It's a lovely house and very big but nobody uses it so it's a bit of a white elephant.

(a) something very beautiful and useful
(b) something very big and useful
(c) something very cheap and useless
(d) something very expensive and useless

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #1 "English Animal Idioms", answer 6

It's a lovely house and very big but nobody uses it so it's something very expensive and useless.

Correct answer: (d) something very expensive and useless
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What is a "white elephant"?

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What is a "white elephant"? #2 (permalink) Sat Mar 17, 2007 15:49 pm   What is a "white elephant"?
 

White elephant is an expensive and useless burden.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=white+elephant&r=66
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