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cur·tain

 (kûr′tn)
n.
1. A piece of fabric or other material that hangs in a window or open space as a decoration, shade, screen, or divider.
2. Something that functions as or resembles a screen, cover, divider, or barrier: the curtain of mist before the mountain; a heavy curtain of artillery fire.
3.
a. The movable screen or drape in a theater or hall that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop.
b. The rising or opening of a theater curtain at the beginning of a performance or act.
c. The time at which a theatrical performance begins or is scheduled to begin.
d. The fall or closing of a theater curtain at the end of a performance or act.
4. The part of a rampart or parapet connecting two bastions or gates.
5. Architecture A curtain wall.
6. curtains Slang
a. The end.
b. Absolute ruin: "If the employee doesn't shape up, it's curtains" (Business Week).
c. Death.
tr.v. cur·tained, cur·tain·ing, cur·tains
1. To provide (something) with a curtain or curtains.
2. To close off (something) with a curtain or curtains.

[Middle English cortine, from Old French, from Late Latin cōrtīna, from Latin cōrs, cōrt-, variant of cohors, court; see court.]

curtains

(ˈkɜːtənz)
pl n
1. informal death or ruin; the end: if the enemy see us it will be curtains for us.
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) a hairstyle in which the hair is parted in the centre of the forehead and curved out over the temples

curtains

drapes
References in classic literature ?
In Spain they are all curtains - a nation of hangmen.
On christmas night, a dozen girls piled onto the bed which was the dress circle, and sat before the blue and yellow chintz curtains in a most flattering state of expectancy.
Emily waited--hesitated--advanced, to part the curtains, and look in at her aunt.
He said: "You understand that directly I stooped to pick up that coil of running gear--the spanker foot-outhaul, it was--I perceived that I could see right into that part of the saloon the curtains were meant to make particularly private.
There was a Turkey carpet upon the floor which matched the curtains, but to his surprise there was not a single chair of any sort to be seen.
A four-wheeler had driven up to the gate, and it was at this that the old ladies, peeping out bird-like from behind their curtains, directed an eager and questioning gaze.
An increasing cackle of complaints, orders, and jests, and what to a European would have been bad language, came from behind the curtains.
It looks as if the man got into the house after four when the curtains were drawn, and before six when the bridge was raised.
That is for your impudence in answering mama awhile since," said he, "and for your sneaking way of getting behind curtains, and for the look you had in your eyes two minutes since, you rat
A dull and dismal light was shed over the bedclothes and curtains surrounding the young girl.
Moreover, heavy curtains were drawn across the windows.
Even when he had shut the door he said nothing, but went straight to the window and parted the curtains.