raise the curtain

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.
See also: curtain, raise

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 ?
Then when you lower the curtain, it means that it is time that I, Makar Alexievitch, should go to bed; and when again you raise the curtain, it means that you are saying to me, "Good morning," and asking me how I am, and whether I have slept well.
One of the signs he used to make me was to link one hand in the other, to show me he wished to marry me; and though I should have been glad if that could be, being alone and motherless I knew not whom to open my mind to, and so I left it as it was, showing him no favour, except when my father, and his too, were from home, to raise the curtain or the lattice a little and let him see me plainly, at which he would show such delight that he seemed as if he were going mad.
What would the ruffian say, if we, setting at naught, like him, the decencies of social intercourse, were to raise the curtain which happily conceals His private life from general ridicule, not to say from general execration?
while their junior counterparts, the Perpetual Junior Altas and the JRU Light Bombers raise the curtain at 9:30 a.
As we raise the curtain on Oracle OpenWorld 2017, we welcome more than 60,000 customers and partners to learn about transforming their business with Oracle Cloud, said Judy Sim, Oracles Chief Marketing Officer.
HEADINGLEY is gearing up for a sparkling day tomorrow when Yorkshire Diamonds raise the curtain on the inaugural season of the Kia Women's League by taking on Loughborough Lightning.
THE Wexford Festival Opera will raise the curtain on its 63rd event next week.
The show will raise the curtain on the three-week stopover celebrations.
Comedian Tudur Owen will compare an evening of music and laughter to celebrate the work of the Wales Air Ambulance and to raise the curtain on this year's walk.
The Ankara State Opera and Ballet will raise the curtain on the new season with a concert on Sept.
CHESTER'S Forum Theatre is set to raise the curtain on a wide-ranging programme, as it launches its new season of in-house shows by Tip Top productions.
Ben, Ross, Morgan and Evan raise the curtain on Tuesday's runoffs - with special attention to the U.
They reckon more than 15,000 local people have helped the theatre raise the curtain since they first began to stage city productions.
A presentation by literary scholar and art film director Bharathi Krishnakumar will raise the curtain on the event's evening session at 6.
From God and the Astronomer by Robert Jastrow: "At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation.