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 the performance a standing ovation as the theater brought down the curtain. The shocking twist at the end of the second act left the audience in stunned silence as the curtain was brought down.
2. To bring about or signal the end of something. The company announced that it will bring down the curtain after nearly 50 years of business. The government is bringing down the curtain on the controversial program next month.
See also: bring, curtain, down

bring down the curtain

(on something) Go to ring down the curtain (on something).
See also: bring, curtain, down

ring down (or up) the curtain

mark 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).
See also: curtain, down, ring

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.
See also: bring, curtain, down, ring

ring down the curtain

To end a performance, event, or action.
See also: curtain, down, ring