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iron curtain

1. (usually capitalized) The geographical border and military, political, and ideological barrier established and enforced by the Soviet Union that separated the countries of the Soviet bloc from the rest of Europe from 1945 to 1990. My great-grandfather used to live in East Germany before the Iron Curtain fell, back when the Soviet Union controlled every aspect of day-to-day life.
2. By extension, any barrier that excludes or prevents the free exchange of ideas, information, or communication from or between certain groups. Even though our company is a subsidiary, there seems to exist an iron curtain between our staff and the management of the larger corporation. For all our righteous calls for free speech and freedom of the press, it's important to remember that America had an iron curtain of its own during the Cold War, when even the slightest association with the Communist party was enough to get you blacklisted for life.
See also: curtain, iron

an iron curtain

an impenetrable barrier, especially the Iron Curtain , the physical and other barriers preventing the passage of people and information between the Soviet bloc and the West during the cold war.
In the late 18th century, an iron curtain was literally a fire curtain in a theatre, but the figurative sense was in use from the early 19th century, well before Winston Churchill observed in a speech in March 1946 that ‘an iron curtain has descended across the Continent [of Europe]’.
See also: curtain, iron
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Calculating the misstatement of ABC's 2008 income under the iron curtain approach is quite straightforward and represents the effects of errors in the end-of-period balance sheet accounts.
1961: The Soviets build the Berlin Wall, which transforms the Iron Curtain from a metaphor into an impenetrable concrete barrier that divides Berlin and prevents Germans in the Communist East from fleeing to the West.
Perhaps most fundamentally, the conditions of the Middle East today are vastly different from those behind the Iron Curtain in 1989.
SAMMY McILROY'S team may not be setting the World Cup alight - but they still pull fans behind the old iron curtain, writes BILL CLARK.
Recruitment of agents to parachute behind the Iron Curtain, their training, and logistical support became the secret mission assigned to a creative and energetic New York lawyer and World War II intelligence veteran named Frank G.
Reinforcing a recurring theme in many of the essays, Albers and Panzig discover that their subject requires not just comparative but integrated treatment: both states self-consciously contrasted their agricultural practices, and women's place in them, with those on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
A CAPTIVATING afternoon from behind the old Iron Curtain as Scotland and England go in search of play-off places and half the British population go in search of a TV that can pick up Channel 5.
All involved, and especially Yeltsin, had agreed to include several onetime Iron Curtain nations in a new NATO.
The novel was a commercial failure in the United States - enthusiastically reviewed by the left-wing press and republished in translations, especially in countries behind the Iron Curtain, but ignored or denounced as a communist propaganda tract by the mainstream press.
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Stolichnaya's Cristall, the first Russian super premium to step from behind the Iron Curtain in the 80s, is a highly refined vodka with a mist of pure and elegant flavor.
The Soviet Union established its domination over eastern Europe; on March 5, Chruchill spoke of an iron curtain descending across Europe, separating the Soviet-dominated east from the democratic west.
Conversely, what are the industries that stand to lose the most as the Iron Curtain comes crashing to the ground?
Tulley said that the global changes in business say the time has come for the removal of the iron curtain between labor and management," and that the "goal of both management and labor is basically the same - job security - and unless we face global competition together, we're both going to lose that security.
Moths in the Iron Curtain (1978), The Stone Bird (1981), and Piling Blood (1984) are other volumes of verse.