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iron curtain

1. (usually capitalized) The geographical border and military, political, and ideological barrier established and enforced by the Soviet Union that separated the countries of the Soviet bloc from the rest of Europe from 1945 to 1990. My great-grandfather used to live in East Germany before the Iron Curtain fell, back when the Soviet Union controlled every aspect of day-to-day life.
2. By extension, any barrier that excludes or prevents the free exchange of ideas, information, or communication from or between certain groups. Even though our company is a subsidiary, there seems to exist an iron curtain between our staff and the management of the larger corporation. For all our righteous calls for free speech and freedom of the press, it's important to remember that America had an iron curtain of its own during the Cold War, when even the slightest association with the Communist party was enough to get you blacklisted for life.
See also: curtain, iron
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We were now in a bare and roomy lobby behind the shop, but separated therefrom by an iron curtain, the very sight of which filled me with despair.
Identikit waste bins an Iron Curtain reminder WHEN we were introducing the first western built jets behind the Iron Curtain (Romania's State Airline 'Tarom') in the late 1960s, most days Nicolae Ceaucescu's ministers seem to take great pleasure in sticking us in the back of their Zil limousines for a tour of row after row after row of Bucharest's identical (inside and outside) high-rise concrete blocks of flats, completely ignoring the fact there were no design features, trees or gardens, as the whole complex was surrounded by an untidy higgledy-piggledy array of hundreds of government issued dustbins.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent (i.
He said in a speech: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.
Then the instant Brown spied the camera, an iron curtain came down and he switched to his trademark austerity stare.
We look forward to Coun Tilsley's attempts to control eating habits by throwing an iron curtain around Birmingham.
From that point on an iron curtain comes down and you become the enemy.
Both sides presented an iron curtain at the back despite some narrow shaves but in the spot-kick sequence it was the Anglesey club who shaded it in a tense 5-4 climax.
At a time when the Ten Commandments have been thrown down from our courtroom walls and the supposed "wall of separation" between church and state has been hardened into an iron curtain, this is curious behavior indeed.
I interweave part of the classical technique with my own vocabulary to stimulate discussion," Greco says, "to open up an iron curtain, to explore another situation.
In its selections and juxtapositions, and as a record of the design and construction of these significant European cities, the exhibition gives form to ideas by using inspired loans from international collections and revealing archival material previously obscured by wars and concealed by an Iron Curtain.
I was dumbfounded that these shrewd, talented business people, some of whom manage the most entrepreneurial and competitive companies in the world and rightly boast that they can manage anything efficiently, would willingly draw down an iron curtain of denial 'when it came to the enterprise of public education.
Using Sentinel Hardware Keys, SecureVue is able to put an iron curtain between valuable video and prying eyes," said Martin Alan Renkis, founder & CEO of Smartvue.
I would hope you don't see the border as an iron curtain.
I didn't know that there was an Iron Curtain around the city of Los Angeles,'' said Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf (``Law & Order'').