in an ivory tower

*in an ivory tower

Fig. in a place, such as a university, where one can be aloof from the realities of living. (Typ—ically: be ~; dwell ~; live ~; work ~.) If you didn't spend so much time in your ivory tower, you'd know what people really think! Many professors are said to live in ivory towers. They don't know what the real world is like.
See also: ivory, tower
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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.
My life in an ivory tower included a spell as a Labour councillor, my friends included Eddie McGarry, convenor at Triumph Motor Co.
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.
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.