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English definition of “the calm before the storm”

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the calm before the storm

a quiet or peaceful period before a period during which there is great activity, argument, or difficulty: I like to get everything done before the guests arrive and relax for a moment in the calm before the storm.
(Definition of the calm before the storm from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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