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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JOHN Darcy thinks I live in an ivory tower because I criticised the reluctance of JLR workers to adopt more productive ways of working.
"I'm an ex-athlete and maybe I live in an ivory tower, but for me the ethics surrounding sport are the only thing that makes it pure and provides as close to a level playing field as possible.