see the elephant

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see the elephant ‎(third-person singular simple present sees the elephant, present participle seeing the elephant, simple past and past participle saw the elephant)

  1. (US, obsolete, idiomatic) To witness something unexpected and awe-filling. [early 19th c. to Civil War]
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see see,‎ the,‎ elephant.