in a vacuum

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Context:American TV series- Suits

Rachel was going to a law school which is far away from her boyfriend- Mike, and they had an unhappy talk that night.

R: The same way that I make all important decision in my life by weighing the pros and cons of both schools.

M: And where does not being with me rank on that list?

R: You're missing the point. I am trying to figure out which school is best for me in a vaccuum.


I'd like to know whether it is usual to say in a vacuum which means to exclude other factors, for example like Rachel's boyfriend in the episode above?

I understood it is just figurative.

Thank you!
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    "In a vacuum" = "without any relevant information." It does not mean "to exclude all other factors."

    "In a vacuum" is a relatively common, current phrase.


    American English
    I think, though, that the two schools were inside the vacuum with Rachel---Mike, however was not.
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