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pink elephants

plural noun
any of various visual hallucinations sometimes experienced as a withdrawal symptom after sustained alcoholic drinking.
Origin of pink elephants
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "If you're a mahout for pink elephants, I don't want to see you," I said.

    The Chameleon Man William P. McGivern
  • You saw a cricket that big and this Gurlone feller took a couple of pink elephants out of his pocket to pay the check.

  • In Venusport, on payday-night, it is difficult to tell for certain where the town leaves off and the pink elephants begin.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
British Dictionary definitions for pink elephants

pink elephants

plural noun
a facetious name applied to hallucinations caused by drunkenness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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pink elephants


Delirium tremens; any hallucination from heavy alcohol drinking

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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