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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As to Mr Verloc, his intense meditation, like a sort of Chinese wall, isolated him completely from the phenomena of this world of vain effort and illusory appearances.
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.
The County Hall site is not suitable for housing or commercial developments, and I, for one, have no faith in the Chinese wall erected by the council.
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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.
The Chinese wall has thawed," said Philippe Houchois, an analyst at UBS.
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.
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.
The JOBS Act has all but eviscerated this Chinese wall for qualifying companies--allowing analysts to create interest in a stock that is the subject of an offering even as their firms profit from underwriting the offering.

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