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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).
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(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.
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(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.
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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
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