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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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Ludhiana [Punjab] [India], Feb 14 ( ANI ): Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal here on Wednesday said Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has insulted 'Virasat-e-Khalsa' by calling them white elephants.
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This crackpot status symbol isn't a white elephant, it's a whole bloody herd!
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To the British, white elephants were objects of curiosity and mystery, a view perpetuated by nineteenth-century adventurers who described the religious significance of these beasts in memoirs recounting voyages to Siam and Burma.
Does Mr Avison think these too are "white elephants" or was his comment an inappropriate April Fool's Day joke?
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How is it that Cardiff council can pump millions of pounds into subsidising white elephants like St David's Hall and the New Theatre, which incidentally neither my wife nor I can afford to visit?
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