bring the curtain down on something

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.
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bring the curtain down on something

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bring down the curtain on something

COMMON If an event brings the curtain down on something that has lasted a long time, it causes or marks its end. His death brings the curtain down on one of the most amazing managerial careers of all-time. Today's simple but moving ceremonies bring down the curtain on a long and historic period in history. Note: You can also say the curtain comes down on something. As the curtain comes down on the festive season, we reflect on some of the highlights. Note: In theatres, it is traditional for a curtain to come down in front of the stage at the end of each act and at the end of the play.
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