ivory tower Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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ivory towernoun [C]

uk   us   disapproving
To ​live or be in an ​ivorytower is not to ​know about or to ​want to ​avoid the ​ordinary and ​unpleasant things that ​happen in people's ​lives: Academics ​sitting inivorytowers have no ​understanding of what is ​important for ​ordinarypeople.
(Definition of ivory tower from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ivory tower”
in Chinese (Simplified) 象牙塔…
in Chinese (Traditional) 象牙塔…
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