Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


For that reason we can't get anything we want from the Iron Curtain people.

He had attended to a new curiosity on the part of another official of the County Council about the iron curtain.

They deserved to have the iron curtain come down on them, and flatten them out like black-beetles, the wind-bags!

Even your friends inside the Iron Curtain know that the only way to conquer a country is to smash it down to savagery.

The Kremlin walls, the very symbol of the iron curtain, were scarcely six inches high!

Then she caught me peeking and clamped down a mind screen that made the old so-called "Iron Curtain" resemble a rusty sieve.

And behind the Iron Curtain the Soviet rule of force has created growing political and economic stresses in the satellite nations.

During the coming year we must not forget the suffering of the people who live behind the Iron Curtain.

For a moment let us look into this so seeming-piteous a one of ours, on which soon the iron curtain is resonantly to fall.

When the iron curtain fell, twelve policemen took the place of the usual attendants.


in reference to the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, famously coined by Winston Churchill March 5, 1946, in speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, but it had been used earlier in this context (e.g. by U.S. bureaucrat Allen W. Dulles at a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dec. 3, 1945). The figurative sense of "impenetrable barrier" is attested from 1819, and the specific sense of "barrier at the edge of the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union" is recorded from 1920. During World War II, Goebbels used it in German (ein eiserner Vorhang) in the same sense. Its popular use in the U.S. dates from Churchill's speech.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.