Chinese wall


: a strong barrier
especially : a serious obstacle to understanding

Examples of Chinese wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Chinese wall between health insurance and Macy’s didn’t last. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 25 Oct. 2022 And there's a sort of Chinese wall between these worlds. Bruce Rogers, Forbes, 16 June 2021

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Word History


Chinese Wall, a defensive wall built in the 3rd century b.c. between China and Mongolia

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chinese wall was in 1900

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“Chinese wall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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