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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.
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
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Not feeling quite satisfied with this explanation, as, even taking it to be the correct one, it still involved a little mystery and doubt, Mr Swiveller raised the curtain again, determined to take the first favourable opportunity of addressing his companion.
He raised the curtains leading into a small anteroom, and turned up the electric light.
They raised the curtains of the awning, and he inhaled with delight the keen morning air.
The transmission, which unveiled the new look of the channel and raised the curtain on some of its upcoming mega projects such as De Ijazaat and Mah e Tamaam , brought together some of the most prominent faces of the drama industry, such as Bushra Ansari, Kubra Khan, Adnan Seddiqi, Imran Ashraf, and Yasir Hussain.
The rising such incidents have raised the curtain from the poor performance of Daska police.
DMPL-which yesterday raised the curtain for the dollar-denominated securities (DDS) trading platform of the Philippine Stock Exchange with the listing of $200 million worth of preferred shares sold to the domestic capital market-was also planning to expand to Latin America and continue to grow its businesses in Asia-Pacific.
TUNISIAN star Lutfi Bushnaq raised the curtain on the 25th Bahrain International Music Festival at Bahrain National Theatre last night.
There is a) focus on Jackson Hole, with Fischer and Dudley both having raised the curtain for a potential rate hike.
The glittering event, watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world, raised the curtain on the first Olympic Games to be held in South America.
The minister raised the curtain off the commemorative placard announcing the academy's opening of its two-layered building including basketball gym, reception, physical education (PE) gym, cabinets room, administrative room for the club's management, secretariat, conference room, computer room, library, sanitary facilities belonging to the academy at a cost of BD 374,000.
Infiniti has raised the curtain on its vision of a premium sports coupe, ahead of the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, US on January 13.
Emirates has raised the curtain on its latest sponsorship -- Arab Idol, the reality show watched by Arab audiences all around the world.
Glitz and glamour raised the curtain from Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2013 in New York City on 13 November.
The same week the Shakespeare Theatre Company received a regional theatre Tony for 25 years of first-rate work, it raised the curtain on a real-life drama of its own: The company filed a lawsuit against its landlord, Lansburgh Theatre, Inc.
The northern Ireland number one raised the curtain on this year's event and didn't take long to get into his stride, taking the first set 3-1 and edging the second 3-2.