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phony war

n
1. (in wartime) a period of apparent calm and inactivity, esp the period at the beginning of World War II
2. (in peacetime) a contrived embattled atmosphere; mock war
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Phony war

The period from September 1939 to April 1940 during which Britain was officially at war with Germany but no actual fighting took place.
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