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The meaning of "white elephant"

" White elephant "
An object that appears magnificent but which is a burdensome financial liability.
The Empire State Building was a remarkable achievement but, for years after it was built, it had few tenants and was really a white elephant for its developers.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, late 19th century.
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