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phoney war

noun [C usually singular] uk ( also phony war)   UK us  
a period during a war when there is no fighting and the situation appears calm
Translations of “phoney war”
in Chinese (Traditional) (戰爭期間的)停戰時期,假戰爭…
in Chinese (Simplified) (战争期间的)停战时期,假战争…
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