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safety curtain

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noun
  1. a sheet of asbestos or other fireproof material that can be lowered just inside the proscenium arch in case of fire, sealing off the backstage area from the auditorium.
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Origin of safety curtain

First recorded in 1905–10
Also called fire curtain.
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Examples from the Web for safety curtain

Historical Examples of safety curtain

  • "Your love is the safety-curtain, Billikins darling," she whispered, softly.

    The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories

    Ethel M. Dell

  • I've always felt—ever since I jumped into your arms that night—that you—that you were on the right side of the safety-curtain.

  • Or anyhow—if He's there at all—He doesn't bother about the people who were born on the wrong side of the safety-curtain.

  • Together they faced the fearful heat that raged behind the safety-curtain.


British Dictionary definitions for safety curtain

safety curtain

noun
  1. a curtain made of fireproof material that can be lowered to separate the auditorium and stage in a theatre to prevent the spread of a fire
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