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English definition of “ivory tower”

ivory tower

noun [C] uk   disapproving us  
To live or be in an ivory tower is not to know about or to want to avoid the ordinary and unpleasant things that happen in people's lives: Academics sitting in ivory towers have no understanding of what is important for ordinary people.
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