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live in an/(one's) ivory tower

To reside or exist in a place or among a social circle that is characterized by effete academic intelligence and thus is out of touch with or aloof from the realities of life. I don't put much weight in the advice of a bunch of economists living in their ivory towers who've never worked a real job in their lives. It seemed easy to solve all the world's problems when I was living in an ivory tower. Now that I'm out of college, I realize things are so much more complex than I'd imagined.
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an/(one's) ivory tower

A place or a social circle that is characterized by effete academic intelligence and thus is out of touch with or aloof from the realities of life. I don't put much weight in the advice of a bunch of economists living in their ivory towers who've never worked a real job in their lives. It seemed easy to solve all the world's problems when I was living in an ivory tower. Now that I'm out of college, I realize things are so much more complex than I'd imagined.
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*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.
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tickle the ivories

to play the piano. I used to be able to tickle the ivories real nice. She sat down to tickle the ivories for a while.
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ivory tower

A place or attitude of retreat, remoteness from everyday affairs, as in What does the professor know about student life, living as he does in an ivory tower? This term is a translation of the French tour d'ivoire, which the critic Saint-Beuve used to describe the attitude of poet Alfred de Vigny in 1837. It is used most often in reference to intellectuals and artists who remain complacently aloof.
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tickle the ivories

Play the piano, as in He went on tickling the ivories until three in the morning. This expression alludes to a piano's keys, traditionally made of ivory. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
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tickle the ivories

INFORMAL
If someone tickles the ivories, they play the piano. Peter Brown tickles the ivories tonight at the Mercury Lounge alongside bassist Chris Breitner.
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an ivory tower

COMMON If you say that someone is in an ivory tower, you mean that they are protected from the problems of ordinary life and are not aware of how ordinary people live. They're all out of touch — they live up in a little ivory tower, and they don't see what's going on down here. This won't happen until politicians come down from their ivory tower and learn to work in the real world of limited budgets and uncertain futures. Note: This is a translation of a French expression `tour d'ivoire', which was used by the critic Saint-Beuve to describe the way in which the writer Alfred de Vigny isolated himself from the rest of society.
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tickle (or tinkle) the ivories

play the piano. informal
The ivories are the white keys of the piano, traditionally made of ivory.
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an ˌivory ˈtower

(disapproving) a way of life in which people avoid the unpleasant realities of life: Just because I’m a writer, it doesn’t mean I live in an ivory tower. I have to earn a living like anyone else.What do professors and academics sitting in their ivory towers know about the real world?
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ivories

(ˈɑɪvriz)
1. n. the teeth. (see also China.) I gotta go brush my ivories.
2. n. piano keys. (From when piano keys were made from real elephant ivory.) She can really bang those ivories.
3. n. dice. Hand me those ivories. The baby needs shoes!
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ivory tower

n. an imaginary location where aloof academics are said to reside and work. Why don’t you come out of your ivory tower and see what the world is really like?
See also: ivory, tower

tickle the ivories

tv. to play the piano. I used to be able to tickle the ivories real nice.
See also: ivory, tickle
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It is estimated that 35,000 elephants are killed every year-or one every 15 minutes-for the ivory trade.
The ivory, seized from five different smugglers who were all coming form African countries, was destined for countries in America and Asia.
The Dubai Police seized 622kg of ivory worth Dh5 million last month.
The stockpile, consisting of more than 1,500 ivory products -- and estimated to be the result of the senseless killings of more than 300 elephants -- was confiscated between 2011-2014 as the UAE aims to stamp out the trafficking of wildlife species.
Fish & Wildlife Service bans the importation of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.
A: Genuine ivory grips will certainly dress up your pistol and be a worthwhile investment.
Barry stepped up to hit the winner to make it 9-8 and give Ivory Coast their second title after their only previous win in 1992.
China is the world's largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said.
Because there is to be a ban on the commercial import of African ivory, including hitherto exempt antique works of art.
Charles thought the remarks were somewhat naive and stupid when you consider the vast collection of ivory held at the Palace," says a source.
During the meeting in the Ivory Coast's capital on Tuesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Ivory Coast's Foreign Minister Charles Koffi Diby explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral ties.
About three tonnes of ivory will be disposed of every month after that until it is gone.
THE Duke of Cambridge wants all ivory in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace to be removed and destroyed.
Huge piles of elephant tusks, ornate ivory carvings, and trinkets--worth more than $12 million--were fed into a crushing machine in the Chinese city of Dongguan last month and turned into dust.
A recent move by Chinese authorities to destroy an estimated six tons of ivory in 2uangzhou has been applauded by a number of NGOs made up of WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants.