live in an/(one's) ivory tower

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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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Initiatives don''t get people into work, real jobs get people back into work and it''s about time our MPs from all parties who live in their ivory towers and earn massive wages and claim expenses, did something about it.
It is all right to live in their ivory towers and tell the rest of us how to live without having the worry of how much the heating is going to cost or putting food on the table.