I’m translating an english book in my native language and here is a metaphor I’ve never heard ; the sentence is :

My personal white whale, author Neil gaiman .

What does white whale mean here ?

  • That is not a sentence. Also did you try a dictionary?
    – Eddie Kal
    Jun 10, 2020 at 6:25

1 Answer 1


This is a reference to Moby Dick. It refers to something that someone is obsessed with finding (but will probably never manage to do so) - the potentially mythical object of an endless, life-long quest. See here for more examples.

  • Thank you alot :)
    – Negar
    Jun 10, 2020 at 6:16

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