ring the curtain down (on something)

ring the curtain down (on something)

1. To bring a performance or act of a play to an end by lowering the theater curtain. The phrase refers to the practice of ringing a bell to signal the lowering of the curtain in the theater. The audience gave a standing ovation as they rang the curtain down. The theater company will ring the curtain down on their award-winning play for the last time this Friday.
2. To bring about or signal the end of something. After 50 years of doing business, the company announced that it will soon be ringing the curtain down. The government is finally going to ring the curtain down on its controversial direct provision scheme.
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ring the curtain down

 (on something) and bring the curtain down (on something)
1. Fig. to lower a theater curtain, usually at the end of an act or a play. (More literal than .) After one hundred performances, it's time to ring the curtain down on our show for the last time. As we bring down the curtain on another successful performance, let's be thankful nothing serious went wrong.
2. Fig. to bring something to an end; to declare something to be at an end. It's time to ring the curtain down on our relationship. We have nothing in common anymore. We've tried our best to make this company a success, but it's time to ring down the curtain.
See also: curtain, down, ring