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Curtain call the appearance of one or more performers on stage after a performance to acknowledge the audience's applause.

curtain lecture an instance of a wife reprimanding her husband in private (recorded from the mid 17th century, and originally a reprimand given behind bed curtains).

curtain-raiser an entertainment or other event happening just before a longer or more important one (recorded from the mid 19th century, and originally used in the theatre to denote a short opening piece performed before a play).

curtain wall a fortified wall around a medieval castle, typically one linking towers together.

See also bamboo curtain, iron curtain.

Subjects: Theatre.

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