an ivory tower

This page is about the idiom 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.

For example:

  • 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.

Quick Quiz:

If Professor Jones didn't spend all his time in his ivory tower, he would

a. be much healthier than he is

b. make much more money

c. know what people were thinking

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Contributor: Matt Errey