see the elephant (third-person singular simple present sees the elephant, present participle seeing the elephant, simple past saw the elephant, past participle seen the elephant)
- (US, obsolete, idiomatic) To witness something unexpected and awe-filling. [early 19th c. to Civil War]
- (US, American Civil War) To witness or participate in a battle.
- Used other than as an idiom: see see, the, elephant.