Draw the curtain


  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Draw the curtain to draw it aside, so as to show what is behind, or in front of anything so as to hide it
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  • Francois Rabelais
    Francois Rabelais
    “Draw the curtain, the fraud is over.”
  • Francois Rabelais
    Francois Rabelais
    “I am going to seek a great purpose, draw the curtain, the farce is played.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cortine—Low L. cortina; prob. L. cors, cortis, a court.


In literature:

It was like the drawing of a curtain across a portion of Mel's life, and he knew that curtain would never open again.
"The Memory of Mars" by Raymond F. Jones
He beckoned to Aristide to join him and, drawing the curtain, disclosed the picture.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Presently they stopped before a curtained recess, and drawing aside the curtain Mrs. Nelson passed in.
"'Our guy'" by Mrs. E. E. Boyd
Once I heard you playing scales in the drawing-room, and once I positively saw you peeping at me through the curtains.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Through the parted curtains, the library presented such a graceful interior study as certain French artists have delighted in drawing.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
She went about quietly from room to room, lowering the shades and drawing the curtains.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
The Princess rang for the lamp and went to draw the curtain.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Don't mind if I sit in that corner and draw the curtain a little, do you?
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
He did not hide or draw behind the curtain.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
We draw a curtain on the parting that took place in the little library just before the cab drove away.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
I will show you a little behind the curtain, so far as I can draw it.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Oblige me, Frances, my dear, by drawing that curtain a little more to the right.
"Frances Kane's Fortune" by L. T. Meade
But the girl was only drawing the curtains over the port-hole, to keep out prying eyes, when he turned about.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
When we were riding home I told Lucretia to draw the curtains, and fell upon her neck and told her all.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
I hastily draw the curtains and leave one peep-hole for myself.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
Rodrigo draws back behind the curtains.
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
Drawing the curtains of his own couch, a large, four-posted affair, sleep soon overpowered the stranger; but sleep, broken and fitful!
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Drawing aside the curtain of leaves he looked in.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 4 October 1848" by Various
Paul turned from the window in revulsion, drawing the curtains on the skyglow of the Base.
"Human Error" by Raymond F. Jones
Draw the curtain there, open the window full, and have a look at me.
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

Sole King, He spreads for curtain Space,
The sun uprises from the east
To draw from earth a dainty feast,
A strong man glad to run a race.
"My Lord And King" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Lord, art thou in the room?
Come near my bed; oh, draw aside the curtain!
A child's heart would say Father, were it certain
That it would not presume.
"I Would I Were A Child" by George MacDonald
There, looking on him spent, supine,
How oft have I been filled with awe,
To see his gold on emerald shine,
And crimson fingered evening draw
The starry curtains of the night.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
At eventide, when glories lie
In crimson curtains hung on high,
And all the breast of heaven glows
With mingled wreaths of flowers and snows,
The dearest dreams of life draw nigh.
"At Eventide" by Freeman Edwin Miller
The starres have us to bed;
Night draws the curtain, which the sunne withdraws:
Musick and light attend our head;
All things unto our flesh are kinde
In their descent and being; to our minde
In their ascent and cause.
"Man" by George Herbert
What would I choose to see when I
To this bright earth shall bid good-bye?
When fades forever from my sight
The world I've loved with long delight?
What would I pray to look on last,
When Death shall draw the Curtain fast?
"Last Look" by Robert W Service

In news:

Maikel Nabil Sanad draws back the curtain on Egypt's military.