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- noun A place or attitude of retreat, especially preoccupation with lofty, remote, or intellectual considerations rather than practical everyday life.
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- noun idiomatic A
sheltered, overly- academicexistence or perspective, implying a disconnection or lack of awareness of realityor practicalconsiderations.
- adjective Seperated from
realityand practicalmatters; overly academic.
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- noun a state of mind that is discussed as if it were a place
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Translation of French tour d'ivoire : tour, tower + de, of + ivoire, ivory.]
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1911, calque of French figurative use, based on literal biblical phrase.
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