town and gown
In a college town, the relations between “town and gown” are those between the residents of the town and the students and faculty associated with the school, who in the past wore academic gowns. Such relations are often not friendly or pleasant.
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Words nearby town and gown
Example sentences from the Web for town and gown
There had been no town-and-gown feeling existing similar to what prevailed in places of greater pretensions.Uppingham by the Sea|John Henry Skrine
The town-and-gown riots took the place of sports, that's all.Keeping Fit All the Way|Walter Camp
These town-and-gown fights were often attended by fatal results.Old and New Paris, v. 2|Henry Sutherland Edwards
Idioms and Phrases with town and gown
The inhabitants of a college or university town and the students and personnel of the college, as in There used to be friction between town and gown but the new parking lots have eased it. The gown in this expression alludes to the academic robes traditional in British universities. [Early 1800s]