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draw the curtain

1. To open a curtain in order to see or reveal what is behind it. Please draw the curtain so we can get some more sunlight in here.
2. To conceal something; to keep something a secret. The police have been accused of drawing a curtain on the officer's alleged involvement with the teenager's murder.
See also: curtain, draw
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draw the curtain

1. Pull a curtain back or to one side to let in more light or to discover what is behind it. For example, The sun was so pleasant I drew the curtains. [c. 1500]
2. Block or conceal something. For example, Let's draw the curtain over this matter; no one needs to know more. [c. 1500] Also see draw a veil.
See also: curtain, draw
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He drew the curtain instantly, and she made no attempt to stop him.
William promptly shut the window and drew the curtains. He acted with a cheerful decision as if he were master of the situation, and knew exactly what he meant to do.
She drew the curtain, and Margaret uttered a cry of despair.
He drew the curtain aside and for some time his frightened, restless eyes could not find the baby.
"It is well I drew the curtain," thought I; and I wished fervently he might not discover my hiding-place: nor would John Reed have found it out himself; he was not quick either of vision or conception; but Eliza just put her head in at the door, and said at once -
"Max!" A sleepy young German, covered with a dresser's apron from his chin to his feet, drew the curtain, and waited for his instructions.
A woman servant came into a room in which a child was sleeping and drew the curtains. She glanced mechanically at the house opposite, a stucco house with a portico, and went to the child's bed.
Then he put on her clothes, dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed and drew the curtains.
Then, he pulled down the window-blinds, drew the curtains, wound up his watch, and, quite leisurely and methodically, got into bed.
He drew the curtains again, and we returned to our places by the fireside.
Chris Dagnall hit a hat-trick as Crewe Alexandra drew the curtain down on a disappointing campaign with a 4-1 win over Barnet at Gresty Road.
ROBBIE KEANE last night drew the curtain on a glittering international career with a 68th goal as the Republic of Ireland warmed up for World Cup qualifying in style.
I told him that he was impolite, then I drew the curtain, went back to bed and cried.
The 63-year-old carefully drew the curtain around his bed before pointing the gun at his head and pulling the trigger.
The Steelmen drew the curtain on theirmost successful campaign and Llangefni'sWelsh Premier status two minutes from time as a LiamMc- Creesh header found the net.