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pink elephants

plural noun
1.
any of various visual hallucinations sometimes experienced as a withdrawal symptom after sustained alcoholic drinking.
Origin of pink elephants
1905-1910
1905-10
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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
1.
a facetious name applied to hallucinations caused by drunkenness
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Slang definitions & phrases for pink elephants

pink elephants

noun

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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