English version

phoney war

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishphoney warˌphoney ˈwar noun [singular]  WARa period during which a state of war officially exists but there is no actual fighting
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phoney warIt is election year, and a phoney war is being waged between the two main parties.It has been a phoney war.There is the negative peace of a phoney war or a balance of power, which is not peace at all.In the mild autumn of the phoney war, it was a prosperous and agreeable neighbourhood in which to live.Howe's speech effectively marked the end of the phoney war and the start of the public campaign for votes.
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