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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 into

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lull into a false sense of security

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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
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Table 1 shows that the maximum average duration of energy lulls [T.
4, the largest energy lulls are appearing during autumn and winter months, with the highest probabilities for large energy lulls in February and October.
The correlation between the duration of maximum energy lulls for all measurement points and years is given in Fig.
6) may be the result of lower wind speeds during summer [14] and the lengthy energy lulls in the second half of the year.
One of the big things is that they've also learned how to play for 10 and 15-minute lulls during games.
In other words, the activity pattern of spikes and lulls evident over a period of a few seconds resembles the fluctuations taking place in just milliseconds.
There were lulls in storms, which is not consistent with El Nino behavior .
Fitcher is dashing, larger than life yet not without subtleties so that he both lures and lulls his brides to their doom.
Lacy may gloss over Mitchell's career lulls and profligate romanticism and not quite offer an insightful glimpse into her creative process, but she offers fans plenty of her best music at length, not diced up in the MTV fashion preferred nowadays.
PALMDALE - Every year, Palmdale sheriff's investigators have been able to predict lulls or spikes in graffiti vandalism by the season, but this year has been different.
Very timely reading for those lulls during Jay Leno's Olympic monologues.
The winter before the last El Nino, climate researchers recorded periodic lulls in the east-to-west blowing trade winds, said Michael McPhaden, director of the Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Array, a network of about 70 buoys that record water temperatures and weather conditions across the equatorial Pacific.
They later realized that these lulls allowed warmer water - which winds would normally circulate westward - to build up in the eastern part of the ocean and create a powerful El Nino condition.
That style subconsciously lulls you to sleep," Bruins assistant Lorenzo Romar said.
The Tigers' weave offense is designed to lull aggressive defensive teams into overplay situations, creating easy backdoor cuts and layups.