raise the curtain
Also, lift the curtain.
Begin or start, as in It's time to raise the curtain, guys—start shoveling.
Make something public, disclose. In this sense, both terms often occur with on, as in We won't know what the new design is until they lift the curtain on it. Both usages, from the mid-1700s, allude to the curtain raised at the beginning of a theatrical performance, revealing the stage.
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I called out several times, as loud as I could raise my voice, but all to no purpose.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.
I seized the opportunity to watch what I supposed would be a most interesting interview, from behind a curtain.
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