be curtains for (someone or something)(redirected from be curtains for somebody)
be curtains for (someone or something)
To be the end, death, or demise of someone or something. Oh, it'll be curtains for the informant once I find him! Unfortunately, if this merger doesn't go through, it's curtains for our company.
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Also, it's curtains. Be the end, especially death. For example, If he hadn't worn a bullet-proof vest, it would have been curtains for him, or It's curtains if she doesn't finish on time. This expression is a metaphor for the falling curtain signifying the end of a performance. [Slang; c. 1900]
be curtains for someone/something
If you say that it is curtains for someone or something, you mean that they are going to die, be forced to leave or end. One more defeat for this team and it will surely be curtains for the manager. If the vote is yes, it's curtains for us and a whole way of life will disappear. Note: You can also say that something means curtains or spells curtains for someone or something. A diagnosis like that doesn't always mean curtains. The loss of ace striker, Joe Holdsworth, at the start of the season could have spelled curtains for the club. Note: The curtains referred to here are the curtains at the front of the stage in a theatre.