raise the curtain

raise the curtain

Also, lift the curtain.
1. Begin or start, as in It's time to raise the curtain, guys-start shoveling.
2. Make something public, disclose. In this sense, both terms often occur with on, as in We won't know what the new design is until they lift the curtain on it. Both usages, from the mid-1700s, allude to the curtain raised at the beginning of a theatrical performance, revealing the stage.
See also: curtain, raise
References in classic literature ?
Then when you lower the curtain, it means that it is time that I, Makar Alexievitch, should go to bed; and when again you raise the curtain, it means that you are saying to me, "Good morning," and asking me how I am, and whether I have slept well.
One of the signs he used to make me was to link one hand in the other, to show me he wished to marry me; and though I should have been glad if that could be, being alone and motherless I knew not whom to open my mind to, and so I left it as it was, showing him no favour, except when my father, and his too, were from home, to raise the curtain or the lattice a little and let him see me plainly, at which he would show such delight that he seemed as if he were going mad.
What would the ruffian say, if we, setting at naught, like him, the decencies of social intercourse, were to raise the curtain which happily conceals His private life from general ridicule, not to say from general execration?
THE Wexford Festival Opera will raise the curtain on its 63rd event next week.
The show will raise the curtain on the three-week stopover celebrations.
Comedian Tudur Owen will compare an evening of music and laughter to celebrate the work of the Wales Air Ambulance and to raise the curtain on this year's walk.
It's been a long time coming and a hard road going, but Carole Samaha 's new musical "Al Sayedah" (Lady) is finally ready to raise the curtain on December 9 at Casino Lebanon's Al Sufara theater.
The music legend will raise the curtain at the new arena with a sell–out gig.
The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will raise the curtain on the new season with a concert on Sept.
CHESTER'S Forum Theatre is set to raise the curtain on a wide-ranging programme, as it launches its new season of in-house shows by Tip Top productions.
Ben, Ross, Morgan and Evan raise the curtain on Tuesday's runoffs - with special attention to the U.
This fall, The Fuller Brush Company will raise the curtain on two new product collections; the Fuller Brush Original Collection continues to provide superior performance for all precious surfaces, including wood floors, granite, leather and stainless steel, while the new Clean N' Easy Collection targets common, everyday cleaning challenges throughout the kitchen and bathroom.
A traditional Onam Ghoshayathra Matsaram procession competition at 4pm on August 31 will raise the curtain on festivities at the Samajam in Segaiya.
They reckon more than 15,000 local people have helped the theatre raise the curtain since they first began to stage city productions.
From God and the Astronomer by Robert Jastrow: "At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation.