lull before the storm

lull before the storm

A period of inactivity or tranquility before something chaotic begins. Likened to a literal period of calm before a storm 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

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 periodicals archive ?
'Let the handshake not be the lull before the storm,' he said.
Maybe it's the lull before the storm? Events that occur next will be far from dull.
Maybe it's the lull before the storm. Events that occur next will be far from dull.
Maybe, it's the lull before the storm? Events that occur next will be far from dull.
Dear readers, "the lull before the storm" is over, and expect the "tempests of town" will continue hovering above, and there's no telling when they will veer off!
One should have read the doctrine along with General Bajwa's repeated reiterations that the army does not pose any threat to democracy - notwithstanding one's lurking fears in the current atmosphere of eerie lull before the storm, dispelling of doom and gloom when elections are around the corner - is just the need of the hour.
New Delhi must be careful not to mistake the lull before the storm in Kashmir.
The lull before the storm of leather that will be"Showtime".
Apparently the lull before the storm! Is Chinnamma going to be the new power centre in Tamil Nadu?
Chief executive Renate Samson said: "Whilst the findings of this report appear encouraging, the reduction in spending may be nothing more than a lull before the storm of more intrusive, biometric or 3D cameras appearing on our streets.
"We are considering the socalled 'lull before the storm effect' (a period of mild activity for Mayon Volcano before the big one) amid minimum activity of Mayon.
Lull before the storm: post card of trippers on the prom at Cliftonville, Kent, sent on eve of war
Many argue that it's only lull before the storm. If at all that happened, I will be the happiest as that space is still to be filled- that of a new party and some brand new politics.
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.