bring/ring down the curtain
bring down the curtain (on something)
1. To bring a performance or act of a play to an end by lowering the theater curtain. The audience gave a standing ovation as they brought down the curtain. The theater company will bring down the curtain on their award-winning play for the last time this Friday.
2. To bring about or signal the end of something. Following the announcement, the company will bring down the curtain on over 50 years of business.
bring down the curtain
(on something) Go to ring down the curtain (on something).
ring down (or up) the curtainmark the end (or the beginning) of an enterprise or event.
The reference here is to the ringing of a bell in a theatre as the signal to raise or lower the stage curtain at the beginning or end of a performance. Compare with bring down the curtain on (at curtain).
bring/ring down the ˈcurtain (on something),
bring/ring the ˈcurtain down (on something)bring an end to something: The BBC has finally decided to bring the curtain down on one of its oldest television programmes.
ring down the curtain
To end a performance, event, or action.