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1. often Iron Curtain The military, political, and ideological barrier established between the Soviet bloc and western Europe from 1945 to 1990.
2. A barrier that prevents free exchange of ideas and information: "That department and the editorial department are separated by an almost impenetrable iron curtain" (Brendan Gill).
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. (formerly) the guarded border between the countries of the Soviet bloc and the rest of Europe
b. (as modifier): Iron Curtain countries.
(sometimes caps.) a barrier to understanding and the exchange of information created by the hostility of one country toward another, esp. such a barrier between the Soviet Union or its allies and other countries.
The barrier, political and military, that was considered to separate the Soviet bloc from western Europe after World War II.
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|Noun||1.||iron curtain - an impenetrable barrier to communication or information especially as imposed by rigid censorship and secrecy; used by Winston Churchill in 1946 to describe the demarcation between democratic and communist countries|
ideological barrier - a barrier to cooperation or interaction resulting from conflicting ideologies