ivory-tower


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ivory-tower

adjective
Incapable of dealing efficiently with practical matters:
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Britain deserves better than the ivory-tower ConDems.
She details first how her anxiety about being an autodidact, lacking the imprimatur of an ivory-tower diploma, was relieved by Bourdieu's work on the "symbolic violence" imposed by the legitimating culture of higher education.
These words came not from some utopian internationalist or ivory-tower academic, but from the new National Security Strategy [NSS] of the United States.
It became obvious during the interview that his ivory-tower view of public education would not allow any discussion of facts or programs.