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Chinese Wall

noun Informal.
  1. Great Wall of China.
  2. an insuperable barrier or obstacle, as to understanding.
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Origin of Chinese Wall

First recorded in 1905–10
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  • But the Chinese-wall blockade was tripartite; not confined to closing of the ocean ports.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals

    T. C. DeLeon

British Dictionary definitions for chinese wall

Chinese wall

  1. 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
  2. an insurmountable obstacle
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