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fourth wall

noun, Theater
the imaginary wall of a box set, separating the actors from the audience.
Origin of fourth wall
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Rooms are plush and many have no fourth wall, revealing views of the ocean or the countryside.
  • The fourth wall of the television makes far too many of us spectators rather than participants.
  • Each unit sleeps up to six people and has three concrete walls, a canvas roof and a fourth wall covered by a curtain.
  • Three smooth walls, painted pinky-beige, the fourth wall broken only by the well-sealed window.
  • On both sides of the fourth wall was a nagging awkwardness.
  • The room had three solid walls, with the fourth wall consisting of metal bars separating it from a larger room.
  • People are ready to break the fourth wall of computing and put their fingers directly on the data.

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