Joe Kennedy had acquired it in 1945 for $12.5 million, and turned what seemed a white elephant into a great money maker.
Then you don't look for an early assignment to the white elephant across the Pacific?
Wherefore, what offering could be so meet as that of a white elephant?
Thackeray declared that if he should see Lewes perched on a white elephant in Piccadilly he should not be in the least surprised.
They say the Government has got something very like a white elephant in that vast pile.
The Order of the white elephant, founded in 1861, is in five classes.
I have caught my white elephant, but what am I to do with him?
In India the white elephant is considered a sacred animal, and is treated with the greatest reverence.
But they soon did as asked, producing the white elephant skin.
Jack, come and see us this evening; we're having a sort of Barnum's Show, and I'm to be the white elephant.
1851, "inconvenient thing that can't be got rid of," supposedly from the practice of the King of Siam of presenting one of the sacred albino elephants to a courtier who had fallen from favor; the gift was a great honor, but the cost of proper upkeep of one was ruinously expensive.
An unwanted or financially burdensome possession, or a project that turns out to be of limited value: “The new office building turned out to be a white elephant once the company decided to move its headquarters.”
Something putatively valuable, often a gift, that one does not want; an embarrassing piece of bric-a-brac: a wonderful collection of white elephants, trash, treasures
[1851+; fr the white elephant of Thailand, which, although it is sacred and royal, is also a clumsy sort of possession for one's house]