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lull (one) into (something)

To cause one to feel safe and secure in a situation that is actually the opposite. Installing cameras at home lulled me into a false sense of security, as our house still ended up getting robbed. A: "I can't believe you were able to unseat the valedictorian!" B: "I think three years of accolades lulled her into a false sense of security."
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lull (one) into a false sense of security

To cause one to feel safe and secure in a situation that is actually the opposite. Installing cameras at home lulled me into a false sense of security, as our house still ended up getting robbed. A: "I can't believe you were able to unseat the valedictorian!" B: "I think three years of accolades lulled her into a false sense of security."
See also: false, lull, of, security, sense

lull before the storm

The period of inactivity before something chaotic begins. Oh, this is the lull before the storm—the dinner rush will turn this place into a mad house.
See also: before, lull, storm

lull before the storm

 and calm before the storm
a quiet period just before a period of great activity or excitement. (Literal in reference to weather.) It was very quiet in the cafeteria just before the students came in for lunch. It was the lull before the storm. In the brief calm before the storm, the clerks prepared themselves for the doors to open and bring in thousands of shoppers.
See also: before, lull, storm

lull someone into a false sense of security

Cliché to lead someone into believing that all is well before attacking or doing someone bad. We lulled the enemy into a false sense of security by pretending to retreat. Then we launched an attack. The boss lulled us into a false sense of security by saying that our jobs were safe and then let half the staff go.
See also: false, lull, of, security, sense

lull (someone or an animal) to sleep

to quiet and comfort someone or an animal to sleep. The sound of the waves lulled me to sleep. The dog's heartbeat lulled her puppies to sleep.
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lull into

Deceive into trustfulness, as in The steadily rising market lulled investors into a false sense of security. The earliest recorded version of this term referred to wine: "Fitter indeed to bring and lull men asleep in the bed of security" (Philemon Holland, Pliny's Historie of the World, 1601. Today it still often appears with the phrase a false sense of security.
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the calm before the storm

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the lull before the storm

COMMON You describe a very quiet period as the calm before the storm or the lull before the storm if it is followed by a period of trouble or intense activity. Things are relatively relaxed at the moment, but I think it's probably the calm before the storm. The Emergency Department is fairly quiet, the lull before the storm. Note: This expression can be varied by replacing the storm with another storm or by adding next before storm. The fragile ceasefire may be just the lull before another storm.
See also: before, calm, storm

the lull (or calm) before the storm

a period of unusual tranquillity or stability that seems likely to presage difficult times.
See also: before, lull, storm

the ˌcalm/ˌlull before the ˈstorm

(saying) a period of unnatural calm before an attack, violent activity, etc: What the country was experiencing was not peace, but just the calm before another storm.
See also: before, calm, lull, storm
References in classic literature ?
Every influence tended to lull her into acquiescence.
In the lulls, Robert and his mother exchanged bits of desultory conversation.
During some lulls of the wind and sea, I fancied I heard several times vague sounds, a sort of fugitive harmony produced by words of command.
As the flakes that fall thick upon a winter's day, when Jove is minded to snow and to display these his arrows to mankind--he lulls the wind to rest, and snows hour after hour till he has buried the tops of the high mountains, the headlands that jut into the sea, the grassy plains, and the tilled fields of men; the snow lies deep upon the forelands, and havens of the grey sea, but the waves as they come rolling in stay it that it can come no further, though all else is wrapped as with a mantle, so heavy are the heavens with snow--even thus thickly did the stones fall on one side and on the other, some thrown at the Trojans, and some by the Trojans at the Achaeans; and the whole wall was in an uproar.
Summary: Deadly clashes resume between Zaidi Shiite rebels and Sunni Islamists, one day after Red Cross evacuated 44 wounded during lull.
BERLIN, Rabi'I 6, 1435, Jan 7, 2014, SPA -- The winter lull pushed Germany's unemployment rate up 0.
Amid growing outrage, Israel announced a four-hour humanitarian lull during which it shelled a crowded market in Shejaiya area of Gaza City, killing at least 17 more Palestinians and injuring more than 200 others.
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KUWAIT, July 25 (KUNA) -- Performance of the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) appeared lackluster this week as Summer and Ramadan trading lull, anticipation to financial results of the first half of 2012, regional political tensions and sustained volatility on global equity and oil markets make investors wary of raising their risk exposure.
Diplomats and intelligence analysts said the lull in CIA missile strikes, the longest in Pakistan in more than three years, is offering for now greater freedom of movement to an insurgency that had been splintered by in-fighting and battered by American drone attacks in recent months, The New York Times reports.
One of the British success stories of the show was 'chill-out' drink Lull, which attracted global interest.
A very nice and very now logo adorned a web page that up until now had only hosted the song Lull - which appeared on the Tasukete compilation.
UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said Gbagbo's forces had used a lull for peace talks to strengthen their position in the country's main city.
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There is a temporary lull in pirate activity off the east coast of Africa due to seasonal winds, but we expect it to be a temporary lull," said William Tobin, an official of the nonprofit organization Shipowners' Protection Ltd.