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drop curtain

noun, Theater
a curtain that is lowered into position from the flies.
Origin of drop curtain
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The girl had her eyes always on the orchestra, and was waiting for the opening of the world that lay behind the drop-curtain.

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • In these theatres there was a drop-curtain, but little or no scenery.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • Under a sky as blue and amid nature poetical as a drop-curtain, one's moral nature dozes.

  • They had a great map on the drop-curtain and I looked at the markings that were supposed to be on the planet.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • My screen and gas are set up in front of the drop-curtain, and the most delicate touches will tell anywhere.

  • The falling water was like a drop-curtain, swept across the stage of the open tract of sawdust.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • I shall have that scene of yesterday everlastingly before my eyes, like a drop-curtain.

  • Since there was no drop-curtain, actors had some distance to traverse, on entrances and exits, between the doors and the front.

    The Facts About Shakespeare William Allan Nielson
  • About noon the mist lifted and rolled away like a drop-curtain in a theater.

    The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon Dexter J. Forrester
  • A shrill-voiced bell tinkled, and the drop-curtain went up, and the household of Father Barbeaud was revealed.

    The Unseen Bridgegroom May Agnes Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for drop-curtain

drop curtain

(theatre) a curtain that is suspended from the flies and can be raised and lowered onto the stage Also called drop cloth, drop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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