draw the curtain

draw the curtain

1. Pull a curtain back or to one side to let in more light or to discover what is behind it. For example, The sun was so pleasant I drew the curtains. [c. 1500]
2. Block or conceal something. For example, Let's draw the curtain over this matter; no one needs to know more. [c. 1500] Also see draw a veil.
See also: curtain, draw
References in classic literature ?
She knew the hour at which the tumbril with those condemned to die passed the windows; and at the first signal would close them and draw the curtain.
There; draw the curtain a little, so that the shadow may fall across his side of the table
Let us draw the curtain of charity over the rest of the scene.
Before he leaves the room, silent Peter goes to the window, and asks in fewest possible words if he shall draw the curtains.
Tell us what," returned D'Artagnan, "but first put a napkin against the window and draw the curtains.
Let me draw the curtains, and light the candles, and make things more comfortable about you.
Lack of gametime this season prompted Ervin (inset), who won six league titles during his nine year stay at Linfield, to draw the curtain on his time at Windsor Park.
Tendulkar, who will draw the curtain on his iconic career when he chalks up his 200th Test match in a two-match home series against the West Indies next month, has reportedly been a constant during Dhoni's entire history with cricket, including his elevation to the top of the Indian game.
The Bantams claimed a 2-0 win at Bootham Crescent thanks to second-half goals by James Hanson and Garry Thompson, with the result enough to draw the curtain on Mills' time at the club.
Fish saved a break point before taking advantage of his second match point, to draw the curtain on a distinctly unimpressive Murray display.
All the user has to do is press the 'on' button after showering and remember to close the shower door or draw the curtain.
You can draw the curtain on the Government-Ruling Parties Budget Conference because there will be overlap (with the new body),'' Makoto Koga, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said on a TV Asahi program.
Sir, - Is it not time to draw the curtain on this farce of a New Labour Government with a General Election this autumn rather than having to wait until next year?
Republicans pushed through their plan on a 54-44 party-line vote - and defeated two Democratic amendments - after what was for the most part a fruitless day of interparty wrangling over how to draw the curtain on a trial whose finale appears to be written.
Not bothering to draw the curtain around my bed, one doctor pulls up my bed sheets and, even though [their work is] not related to my current medical problem, the interns gawk at my legs.