Iron-curtain meaning

The military, political, and ideological barrier established between the Soviet bloc and western Europe from 1945 to 1990.
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A barrier that prevents free exchange of ideas and information.
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A barrier made of iron in the theatre, lowered between the stage and the auditorium for safety or to prevent communication.
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A barrier of secrecy and censorship regarded as isolating the Soviet Union and other countries in its sphere.
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A similar barrier to information in other regions.
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(idiomatic) Any impenetrable barrier.
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(historical) The dividing line between Western Europe and the Soviet controlled regions, especially during the Cold War.

5 March 1946: From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an "iron curtain" has descended across the Continent. — speech by Winston Churchill.

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Origin of iron-curtain

  • Used (in German) during World War II by Joseph Goebbels. In English it appeared in telegrams from Winston Churchill to Harry S. Truman in 1945 before being popularized by Churchill in a speech he gave at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri 5 March 1946. (Reference: wikipedia on Iron Curtain, and Nigel Rees, Sayings of the Century on telegrams.)

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