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Chinese Wall

noun, Informal.
an insuperable barrier or obstacle, as to understanding.
Origin of Chinese Wall
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We were then on top of the Chinese Wall, and the view to the west was grand.

  • This, we feared, was hereafter to be her wounded soul's protection, her Chinese Wall.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • She felt as brave as a little fly trying to walk the whole length of the Chinese Wall.

  • If that team had been in front of the Chinese Wall and got the signal to go, not a man would have hesitated.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Is it a question of building something like a Chinese Wall on our eastern frontier?

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • Inadequate training in this respect is the Chinese Wall which surrounds the composer's hidden meaning.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing

    James Francis Cooke
  • The Romans of antiquity very often constructed boundary walls, and the Chinese Wall may also be cited as an example.

  • While there p. 250he visited the Chinese Wall, and brought back two specimens from it in the way of bricks.

    Days and Nights in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Nevertheless we decided to ride out, and cross the Flattop rim, and go around what they call the Chinese Wall.

  • This came to me first with a poignant thrill when I found myself in the presence of the Chinese Wall.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for Chinese Wall

Chinese wall

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
an insurmountable obstacle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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