the calm/lull before the storm

the calm/lull before the storm
the calm/lull before the storm
: a period of quiet that comes before a time of activity, excitement, violence, etc.

The college was quiet that morning, but it was the calm before the storm. Thousands of students would arrive later.

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Main Entry:storm

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  • (the) lull before the storm — the calm/lull/before the storm phrase a quiet time just before problems start Thesaurus: periods of quiet and calmsynonym general periods of timehyponym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) lull before the storm — See: the calm before the storm …   New idioms dictionary

  • the calm before the storm — I see storm II the calm (or lull) before the storm a period of unusual tranquility or stability that seems likely to presage difficult times * * * the calm before the storm see ↑storm, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑calm …   Useful english dictionary

  • lull before the storm —    A period of unnatural calm before a difficult time or violent activity is called the lull before the storm.     The sales start on January 1st. The quiet period before that is just the lull before the storm …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • storm — storm1 [ stɔrm ] noun ** 1. ) count an occasion when a lot of rain falls very quickly, often with very strong winds or THUNDER and LIGHTNING: A fierce storm hit the west coast of Florida early this morning. a storm breaks (=begins): A violent… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • storm — I UK [stɔː(r)m] / US [stɔrm] noun Word forms storm : singular storm plural storms ** 1) [countable] an occasion when a lot of rain falls very quickly, often with very strong winds or thunder and lightning a storm breaks (= begins): A violent… …   English dictionary

  • lull — [[t]lʌ̱l[/t]] lulls, lulling, lulled 1) N COUNT: oft N in n A lull is a period of quiet or calm in a longer period of activity or excitement. There was a lull in political violence after the election of the current president. ...a lull in the… …   English dictionary

  • lull — lull1 [lʌl] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from the sound of someone singing to a baby] 1.) to make someone feel calm or as if they want to sleep ▪ The hum of the tyres on the road lulled her to sleep. 2.) to make someone feel safe and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lull — 1 verb (T) 1 to make someone feel calm or sleepy: The movement of the train gradually lulled me to sleep. 2 to make someone feel safe and confident so that they are completely surprised when you attack or cheat them: lull sb into (doing) sth:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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