iron curtain

noun

Definition of iron curtain 

1 : an impenetrable barrier the iron curtain between the ego and the unconscious— C. J. Rolo

2 : a political, military, and ideological barrier that cuts off and isolates an area specifically, often capitalized : one formerly isolating an area under Soviet control

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Joanna pulled open the iron curtain with an album called Red Wave. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Teen had to choose: Disney trip or key role in ‘Mockingbird’ production," 15 June 2018 The first, Métamorphoses Nocturnes, was composed between 1953-’54 when Hungary was isolated deep behind the iron curtain. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "A season-long focus on the music of Hungarian composer György Ligeti opens with a performance by the peerless Arditti Quartet," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of iron curtain

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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