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raise the curtain (on something)

1. To begin or commence (something). It's time to raise the curtain on this new project, everyone, so let's not waste any time! After a few delays, the construction crew was finally ready to raise the curtain.
2. To make (something) publicly known; to reveal or disclose the truth (about something). In an attempt to head off a public relations disaster regarding his acceptance of donations, the governor decided to raise the curtain at a press conference.
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raise the curtain

Also, lift the curtain.
1. Begin or start, as in It's time to raise the curtain, guys-start shoveling.
2. Make something public, disclose. In this sense, both terms often occur with on, as in We won't know what the new design is until they lift the curtain on it. Both usages, from the mid-1700s, allude to the curtain raised at the beginning of a theatrical performance, revealing the stage.
See also: curtain, raise
References in classic literature ?
She is almost a child herself, and the little pink round things will hang about her like florets round the central flower; and the husband will look on, smiling benignly, able, whenever he chooses, to withdraw into the sanctuary of his wisdom, towards which his sweet wife will look reverently, and never lift the curtain.
She also said Russia has "an illegitimate" chemical program, not reported to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), urging Moscow to lift the curtain of its secret chemical activities.
Political powers should not be pushed against the wall,' he said when asked about ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's threat that he would lift the curtain on 'what has been happening in Islamabad for the past four years'.
The former premier has threatened to lift the curtain on 'what has been happening in Islamabad for the past four years if they do not stop their propaganda', a reference to elements in the establishment.
The former premier also threatened to lift the curtain on what has been happening in Islamabad for the past four years if"they"do not stop their"propaganda".
Sir Michael Barber, Pearsons Chief Education Advisor, said: "Truly understanding access in higher education is much more than simply knowing the overall percentage of a population participating, With this report, the authors have begun to lift the curtain on what we really know about who is participating in HE, particularly with regard to underrepresented populations.
WASPS pick up where they left off tomorrow when Aviva Premiership runners-up Exeter lift the curtain up on a new league season at the Ricoh (3.
They show off for Valerie, puncture Finbar's smug veneer and lift the curtain on life in Celtic Tiger Ireland while joshing about betting tips.
Now it's time to lift the curtain on what's in store.
According to officials the launch event of the document will be held in Islamabad and Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will lift the curtain on the Pakistan Vision 2025 himself.
As Brazil is set to lift the curtain on the World Cup, avid fans across the country are gearing up to watch national teams from around the world compete for the pinnacle football title.
On June 15, it will lift the curtain on a revamped look and content line-up for Fatafeat, the Arabic language cuisine channel that it acquired as part of Dubai-based Takhayal Entertainment in late 2012.
He and his marketing team, led by newly acquired agency Five33, lift the curtain on their new beast at this week's Comic-Con.
Live Witness aims to lift the curtain and shed light upon the mystery of the theatre, and it most definitely succeeds.
She said: "It really does lift the curtain on Christmas for me.