In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(building, project) elefante blanco masculino(object) objeto superfluo masculinobefore noun white elephant stall — puesto de venta de artículos de segunda mano con fines benéficos
- The main fears are that the scheme will either cause traffic chaos in Whitby - or will simply be a huge flop, leaving the town with a potential white elephant.
- Accused of being an expensive white elephant, the pressure's been on to re-energise the site.
- A lot of this spend, said IDC, will be on 3G networks, which have been dismissed in some quarters as expensive white elephants.
- York would gain absolutely nothing in having an airport, except perhaps a huge white elephant that would cost a large amount of money.
- Could a new school become a white elephant if parents refuse to send their children there?
- Last month, Bradford Chamber of Commerce and Industry branded the idea of a Yorkshire assembly as an expensive white elephant.
- Opponents say they will be hugely expensive white elephants which could cost taxpayers a fortune.
- As such, the film stands as a beautiful white elephant, a flagrant waste of time and resources.
- Suddenly, with the burgeoning stadium looming not as the salvation but as a dangerous white elephant, they sank to bottom of the table.
- The wave of ‘urban renewal’ in the 1950s and '60s gave us the devastated inner cities of today, and many projects become expensive, taxpayer-funded white elephants.
- He said international Olympic chiefs are anxious that no projects be undertaken in London if there is a risk of them becoming white elephants after the Games.
- Key to Portugal's successful bid was its pledge to provide 10 stadiums, rather than the required eight, but there are concerns that some of those will turn into white elephants once the championships are over.
- In villages for example, a lot of projects have become white elephants while others have completely failed to take off due to lack of participation and involvement of the grassroots level community.
- Nevertheless, this appears to be tempered by a wariness of creating costly white elephants on the Clydeside.
- We could end up with a load of white elephants, huge stadia and pools, rather than local facilities.
- The ship is widely perceived as a white elephant.
- A brief trawl through the great white elephants of recent years should be enough to sound alarm bells so loud the so-called London 2012 Olympic team will pack up and go home.
- Many of those same Carnegie libraries have now become white elephants.
- Some of the projects will have immediate impact; others long term; while some may become white elephants.
- Critics have branded it a white elephant and waste of money, and criticised the decision to ‘waste’ quality parkland on such a project.
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