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Chinese Wall

noun

, Informal.
  1. an insuperable barrier or obstacle, as to understanding.


Chinese wall

noun

  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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Word History and Origins

Origin of Chinese Wall1

First recorded in 1905–10

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Example Sentences

Nevertheless we decided to ride out, and cross the Flattop rim, and go around what they call the Chinese Wall.

She felt as brave as a little fly trying to walk the whole length of the Chinese Wall.

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.

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

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