Chinese Wall

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Chinese wall

A barrier to communication, understanding, or action: "still believe a Chinese wall can exist between public and private selves" (Gail Sheehy).

[After the Great Wall of China.]

Chinese wall

1. (Stock Exchange) a notional barrier between the parts of a business, esp between the market makers and brokers of a stock-exchange business, across which no information should pass to the detriment of clients
2. an insurmountable obstacle

Chi′nese Wall′

2. an insuperable barrier or obstacle, as to understanding.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chinese Wall - a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BCChinese Wall - a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; it averages 6 meters in width
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
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It is a Chinese wall which any nimble Tartar can leap over.
The cheap prices of its commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the barbarians' intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate.
Techniques are borrowed, for example, from Chinese wall painting and Aboriginal artists.
Such a compromise might involve creating a very high Chinese Wall, and removal of the ten-year buyback provision.
Taking a souvenir photo on the half snow-covered Chinese Wall, Kilictaroglu told reporters that he is pleased to be visiting the Great Wall which is on the world heritage list.
While Japan, South Korea and the United States are united in their call for a fresh sanctions resolution against North Korea, veto-wielding China has expressed reservations about toughening pressure on its ally, leaving it uncertain whether the international community can build a coalition to break down the Chinese wall of resistance.
SAINA Nehwal may be India's brightest medal prospects in badminton, but she will have to breach the Chinese wall to lay her hands on Olympic gold.
They looked us in the eye and they told us there was a Chinese Wall knowing full well that there were more than a dozen people on both sides of the wall, including the program manager for Versata's technology who was also secretly supervising the group developing the replacement technology.
According to Alpha Research, 94% of those polled in the 16-30 age category, the youngest group in the survey, say that they know next to nothing about the period, with 40% of them unable to tell whether the end of the communist era is marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Moscow Wall, the Sofia Wall, or the Chinese Wall.
A Chinese wall is used--and management, specification, development and certification personnel are involved.
The Chinese wall has thawed," said Philippe Houchois, an analyst at UBS.

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