an ivory tower

an ivory tower

if you are in an ivory tower, you are in a place or situation where you are separated from ordinary life and its problems How much of the research done by academics in their ivory towers is ever read or published?
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JOHN Darcy thinks I live in an ivory tower because I criticised the reluctance of JLR workers to adopt more productive ways of working.
New History of Wales 3: Public History Martin Johnes, Aled Jones and Peter Stead ask: Is Wales an ivory tower or public realm - and what is the point of Welsh history in the 21st century?
Come along, for an hour and see canny North Shields from an ivory tower.
The whole homeless advocacy world is busy talking about governance and structure and things that I guess, in an ivory tower, a university campus is very important to study up on the 11th floor of a social science building,'' Yaroslavsky said.
They're a bunch of suits in an ivory tower trying to decide what we should see, what we shouldn't see.
Set in an ancient and wealthy English estate, Lostlindens: An Ivory Tower Mystery is a suspenseful and deliciously written tale by award-winning author David D.
Better off in the wild' is an ivory tower position.
If we stick the kid in an ivory tower he'll lose touch with reality and probably go nuts in the process.
Desktop analysis and design is no longer an ivory tower tool, reserved for the engineering and scientific elite of large companies and research organizations.
District attorney candidate Barry Groveman attacked incumbent Gil Garcetti's record in child-abuse cases on Monday, saying the county's chief prosecutor sits in an ivory tower while thousands of children are abused.
The college does not wish to be an island within its city, nor an ivory tower with walls so high they are impossible for our neighbors to scale.
While he lolls in an ivory tower, we struggle with growing racial tensions, overcrowded schools, demands for housing and heavy welfare rolls, and we are stuck in gridlock at every turn.
Jackson has been an education to me and I shall miss him, but I think he is an ivory tower and has no clue how so many everyday citizens are so impacted by the issues of the day.
He was a high-level administrator, but more than any other administrator I've ever seen, he didn't manage from an ivory tower,'' said Allen, named interim director of the centers.