Definition of the calm (or lull) before the storm in US English:

the calm (or lull) before the storm

phrase

  • A period of unusual tranquility or stability that seems likely to presage difficult times.

    • ‘Thanksgiving used to be the calm before the storm, the day to rest before the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, a day usually spent at home with family and friends.’
    • ‘We've not seen this many positive developments for months, although this week will almost certainly prove to be the calm before the storm.’
    • ‘Moreover, I think opponents will look back at the current period as the lull before the storm because forces are at work that should actually boost the movement's progress considerably.’
    • ‘She's lucid, for now, but that's how it is with serious smoke inhalation - the calm before the storm.’
    • ‘After spending Monday afternoon and evening in the city, I get a feeling I just experienced the calm before the storm.’
    • ‘It may look this weekend as if nothing is happening, but this is the calm before the storm.’
    • ‘I know that the worst is yet to come - this is merely the calm before the storm, so to speak, as January is usually the snowiest month here - so some effective indoor activity would be a good idea.’
    • ‘The current trend might just be a calm before the storm while new powers rise up to become strong enough to eventually challenge the existing world order.’
    • ‘When I turned out the light I had a sense that the day had been the calm before the storm and I was right.’
    • ‘And yet there is that eerie feeling of the calm before the storm.’