drop the curtain on
Variant of curtain
- a piece of cloth or other material, sometimes arranged so that it can be drawn up or sideways, hung for decoration, as at a window, or to cover, conceal, or shut off something
- anything that covers, conceals, separates, or shuts off: a curtain of fog
- that part of a wall between two bastions, gates, etc.
- Archit. an enclosing wall that does not support a roof
- the large drape or hanging screen at the front of the stage, which is drawn up or aside to reveal the stage
- the opening of the curtain at the beginning, or its closing at the end, of a play, act, or scene
- an effect, line, or situation in a play just before the curtain closes
- curtain call
- ☆ Slang death; the end
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French cortine ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin cortina, literally a cauldron, enclosing circle of a theater, curtain (; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to curve); used inch(es) Vulgate instead of Classical Latin cors, cohors (see court) to translate Classical Greek aulaia, curtain (esp. inch(es) a theater) ; from aulē, open court, taken as if same word as Classical Latin aula, pot: for Indo-European base see oven
- to provide or decorate with a curtain
- to cover, conceal, or shut off as with a curtain
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