the calm before the storm
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Related to the calm before the storm: lull before the storm, taking by storm
calm before the storm
The period of inactivity before something chaotic begins. Oh, this is the calm before the storm—the dinner rush will turn this place into a mad house.
the calm before the stormor
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.