ivory tower

ivory tower
noun Etymology: translation of French tour d'ivoire Date: 1911 1. an impractical often escapist attitude marked by aloof lack of concern with or interest in practical matters or urgent problems 2. a secluded place that affords the means of treating practical issues with an impractical often escapist attitude; especially a place of learning • ivory-tower adjectiveivory-towerish adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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