Definition of Iron Curtain in English:

Iron Curtain


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  • A notional barrier separating the former Soviet bloc and the West prior to the decline of communism that followed the political events in eastern Europe in 1989.

    ‘In the past 15 years, the former East bloc nations behind the Iron Curtain have become free and democratic.’
    • ‘The collapse of the Iron Curtain brought about a political revolution in Europe.’
    • ‘During the Cold War years, Western Europe encompassed the area to the west of the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘Hungary was isolated behind the Iron Curtain that extended across Europe.’
    • ‘This all happened when the Iron Curtain divided Europe, and the world, into opposing camps.’
    • ‘Once run by the Soviets during the reign of the Iron Curtain, Vaziani was a strategic point in Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘During the Cold War we were careful to reach across the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘Refugees from behind the Iron Curtain were fleeing a tyranny that threatened us all.’
    • ‘After some serious soul-searching I came to realise that the only reason for my sudden stardom was the fact that I was born west of the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘With the Iron Curtain gone, an originally Western European project has received a pan-European dimension.’
    • ‘A total of more than 300 million leaflets had gone over the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘I grew up with a clear picture of the Iron Curtain too, since it was spoken of as though it were as coherent an artifact as the Berlin Wall.’
    • ‘But migration from Eastern Europe in those years was blocked by the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘Part of their job was to interrogate defectors and refugees from the Soviet regime on life behind the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘All these countries were on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain during the Age of Communism.’
    • ‘They greatly appealed to audiences behind the Iron Curtain and dictatorships of all kinds.’
    • ‘Churchill called the Soviet Russian Wall, the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘However, the Soviet invasion of 1968 placed Czechoslovakia firmly behind the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘There were many hopeful comments about the speech broadcast on Radio Free Europe poring in from friends who were stuck behind the Iron Curtain.’
    • ‘However, he largely remained behind the Iron Curtain until 1978, when he defected to the West.’