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Difference between Curtain raiser and Raise the curtain

curtain raiser

1. a short play performed before a main play:

  • On the first night performance of “The Alcade,” she played in a curtain- raiser “Bertram.”

2. said of any preliminary event or activity:

  • This match was a curtain-raiser to the Wills Open Tournament.

raise the curtain(also: lift the curtain) make smth. known; expose smth.:

  • Freedom of information helps raise the curtain on government. You have a right to know what government organizations are doing.