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I am reading the book "Metaphors We Live By" by Lakoff and Johnson and in there, there ins an example sentence: Harry is in the Elks. Is the Elks a place?

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Elks in this case is referring to the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, an American fraternal order/social club.

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Oh, of course. When I read the question I was thinking it was some kind of metaphor, like "He's in the dumps"! –  Jay Nov 7 '11 at 17:57

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