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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). Primarily heard in UK. 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.
Now it's time to lift the curtain on what's in store.
The deployment of LTE 450MHz commercial networks by Ukko Mobile in Finland will lift the curtain on global LTE 450MHz commercial deployment, thus, bringing mobile broadband services to more and more people.
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.
We hope their projects will spur debate, catalyze change, and lift the curtain on a closed system rife with inequities.
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.
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.
RBS were "fully aware of this", according to the devastating court claims that lift the curtain on what Vince Cable properly described yesterday as a "conspiracy to defraud".
WALES' first all-digital cinema, which was delayed for two months, is set to lift the curtain on Friday, February 13.
Bahrain will lift the curtain today on the 2nd GCC Youth Forum organised by Goys in collaboration with the UN Population Fund.
We are very excited to see their work on Section 1 come into final focus, and to lift the curtain on their exciting concepts for Section 2.
This month, The Real Deal has decided to lift the curtain and take a look at the health of real estate education.
International development minister Patricia Ferguson was among dignitaries in Perth to lift the curtain on Fair Trade Scotland 2007.