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white elephant

a rare albino or pale grey variety of the Indian elephant, regarded as sacred in parts of S Asia
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British dissatisfaction with the political situation in Burma and genuine fascination with "white elephants" formed the context of the controversy over the authentication of Toung Taloung as a genuine white elephant.
However, the most prominent "it" in "Hills Like White Elephants," repeated twenty-four times (four times as often as any other), is situationally exophoric, referring to something neither immediately present nor explicitly named in the story.
Without her, you probably wouldn't have been interested in the history of Thailand's white elephant and the interesting facts that go with it.
We thought it might be fun to virtualize the concept of the white elephant," said Scott Springer, Creative Director, Skona Advertising.
A RARE white elephant has been caught in a jungle in western Burma, with locals hailing the find as an auspicious event that bodes well for the military state.
Compared to such porcine lunacy, the artist who comes up with a genuine white elephant in preference to, say, a dead horse hanging from a roof, may actually be able to make Chris Smith do a re-think on the cultural value of white elephants.
In the field of foreign aid, the white elephants tend to be much larger, such as a meagerly producing fish pond in Malawi that was situated next door to a bird sanctuary and massive transmigration schemes in Indonesia that have exacerbated ethnic conflicts.
She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the miniseries "Buffalo Girls" and starred with James Woods in the HBO film "Women and Men: Hills Like White Elephants.
The glamorous actress, who is more often seen pottering around at premieres than in wildlife sanctuaries, heads to Thailand to meet the beautiful, but rare, white elephants of the country.
Olympic men's hockey team didn't lose its verve along with its collective voice at some karaoke bar, though a few too many dawns welcomed from a Nagano nightspot called ``The Pink Elephant'' might help to explain why the Americans' World Cup gold medals from yesterday are today's white elephants.
Privatizing some of these big old white elephants is going to be the way to go.
With its fingers in the various pies of medicine, law enforcement, fire control and government, the county accumulates a collection of castoffs and white elephants that would make ``Sanford and Son'' proud.