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Origin of curtain raiser
Example sentences from the Web for curtain raiser
After the curtain calls, Christopher comes back to explain a complicated math problem.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They keep their heads low while running behind a large curtain covering the opening between two housing blocks.
For anyone who cared to watch, the event and its denouement provided a graphic demonstration that the Iron Curtain was crumbling.
The last time a Pope addressed the parliament in Strasbourg was in 1988 when an Iron Curtain still divided the continent.
The insurrectionists seemed actors in a surreal episode of revolutionary play-acting in which the curtain was about to fall.
She walked away toward another door, which was masked with a curtain that she lifted.Confidence|Henry James
I seized the opportunity to watch what I supposed would be a most interesting interview, from behind a curtain.
She thrust a bare, white arm from the curtain which shielded her open door, and received the cup from his hands.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
We haven't even seen a review of the piece; the footlights go up with a jump, and now the curtain rises.
The overture is over, the curtain is about to rise on the drama of Georgie's married life.
British Dictionary definitions for curtain raiser
Idioms and Phrases with curtain raiser
Preliminary event, as in This limited attack on the chairman is just a curtain raiser for the concerted effort to oust him. This term literally refers to a short play or skit presented before the main theatrical production. It began to be transferred to other preliminaries about 1940.