the lull before the storm


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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.
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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

the lull (or calm) before the storm

a period of unusual tranquillity or stability that seems likely to presage difficult times.
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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.
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It is the lull before the storm this week as racing moves down a gear in preparation for the imminent Cheltenham Festival, writes ANITA CHAMBERS.
The United players were grateful for a day's rest but they know it is just the lull before the storm.
There's a feeling of the lull before the storm this week, as jazz players and fans hunker down and await the end of month flurry of activity.
But that only proved to be the lull before the storm as 10-man Arsenal threatened to rip their Merseyside opponents apart.
Like the Insolvency Service figures, the dip in the number of people petitioning for bankruptcy during the final quarter is likely to represent the lull before the storm, with bankruptcy petitions expected to begin climbing again this year.
Maybe it was the lull before the storm, " observed Thompson.
Sadly it was the lull before the storm for Dagenham as the game went into extra-time.
It may be the lull before the storm but, let's face it, balmy weather is often nicer than barmy forecasts.