an ivory tower
Meaning: You can say someone's in an ivory tower if they're in a place that separates them from everyday life, such as a university.
- People often complain that academics stuck in their ivory towers don't really understand the problems of the average person.
- Peter's dream is to get tenure in a university and spend the rest of his life hidden away in an ivory tower.
If Professor Jones didn't spend all his time in his ivory tower, he would