lull before the 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
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THERE has been little action from the list over the past week but this is the lull before the storm.
Although life was normal in Ain al-Hilweh Sunday morning, residents in the teeming camp, located on the outskirts of the southern city of Sidon, feared that the current calm was just a lull before the storm.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Late last week I had reason to drop in on the hotel next door in the lull before the storm that was to be the Christmas and New Year festive season.
In the lull before the storm, taking England first to Perth, then Hobart and finally Sydney, Broad has been delighted to experience Australia as a travelling destination again.
This could be the lull before the storm, because Suarez has form for getting his own way.
But Ingram and Duminy provided the much needed stability to the innings and when Ingram ( 82) was dismissed in the 37th over with the score on 189, not many would have thought that it was only the lull before the storm.
Muscat: The decline in piracy in the last six months could be a lull before the storm, according to a naval chief.
Northern Regional Secretary of the TUC Kevin Rowan said: "While welcoming the drop in unemployment in the North East, we fear these figures are not the start of a positive trend but merely the lull before the storm.
A DROP in the number of people having their homes repossessed could be just a lull before the storm.
It was the lull before the storm of the Grand National meeting for Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh but the pair still bagged a winner after the success of Rangitoto in the first division of the 2m4f novice hurdle.
The mayhem begins gently - a lull before the storm - with a sequence called The High Five in which unsuspecting members of the team are walloped in the face by a giant spring-loaded hand.
Cynical observers described this calm as lull before the storm.
With only a couple of fishing boats on the lake and the beach nearly empty, Saturday was the lull before the storm at Loon Lake.
It was very much the lull before the storm at the weekend, but the celebrations in the winner's enclosure at Sandown following the Sunderlands Imperial Cup were worthy of the Cheltenham Festival itself.