iron curtain


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iron curtain

n.
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).

Iron Curtain

n
(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.

i′ron cur′tain


n.
(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.
[1920–25]

Iron Curtain

The barrier, political and military, that was considered to separate the Soviet bloc from western Europe after World War II.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
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Iron Curtain

n (Pol) the Iron Curtainla cortina di ferro
Iron Curtain countries or countries behind the Iron Curtain → gli stati d'oltrecortina
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We were now in a bare and roomy lobby behind the shop, but separated therefrom by an iron curtain, the very sight of which filled me with despair.
The iron curtain was down, but he insisted on raising it until I could peep through the glass door on the other side and see his handiwork in the shop beyond.
The weak point of these iron curtains is the leverage you can get from below.
At the start of the 1980s, there was a general wish for a Grand Prix to be held behind the Iron Curtain and negotiations took place with the Soviet Union with a view to a race being held in Moscow.
It will help overcome mental barriers, which takes longer than tearing down a real Iron Curtain.
Those trapped behind the Iron Curtain after 1947 would not likely have believed claims of the communist totalitarian government ruling them that it was actually a Socialist party.
We proved not only that Iron Curtain defeats threats and saves lives, but the risk from collateral damage is minimal, especially when compared with the alternative.
Those who know little of Europe behind the Iron Curtain will find themselves edified; those who know much will learn much more.
Today, I feel that an iron curtain has descended across Egypt.
The Iron Curtain ran between which two bodies of water?
As the Iron Curtain came down in 1946, the estrangement between American liberals and communists began.