- (idiom) A sheltered, overly-academic existence or perspective, implying a disconnection or lack of awareness of reality or practical considerations.
- Such a proposal looks fine from an , but it could never work in real life.
Etymology: The term was first used in Song of Solomon 7:4, but its meaning is different. Its current meaning seems to be from tour d'ivoire, in an 1837 poem by w:Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, where it is used to describe the poetical attitude of Alfred de Vigny as contrasted with the more socially engaged Victor Hugo. The first known written use in English is H. L. Bergson's Laughter (1911) by Frederick Rothwell and Cloudesley Shovell Henry Brereton.http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/210800.html
- German: Elfenbeinturm
- French: tour d'ivoire
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