the lull before the storm


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lull before the storm

The period of inactivity before something chaotic 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.
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.
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It calls to mind the lull before the storm, the peace before the War.
Eugene Ferraro, CPP, president of Group Dynamics, of Golden, Colorado, and a member of the ASIS Standing Committee on Substance Abuse, says, "We may be looking at the lull before the storm," because law enforcement agencies report a rise in drug and alcohol abuse among teenagers.
In any event, 2006 may be the lull before the storm - a rare opportunity for the aviation sector to consolidate, ahead of the challenges likely in 2007 as fleet deliveries escalate, new products enter the market and pressures intensify on manpower costs, competition, capacity and yields.
THE number of businesses going into administration in the first three months of this were down significantly on 2007, but it could be a case of the lull before the storm, says Deloitte.
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.