World Cup Phrase – (a) Lull
The noun lull is describes a quiet period in between periods of activity. For example, during stormy weather, the rain and wind may stop for a short period, and on the football pitch, a game may be very exciting with lots of attacking football, but there may be a quiet period – lull is used to describe these quiet periods. It can also be used as a verb. To lull means to make someone relaxed and feel safe before surprising them.
- Example: After the group stages, there is a lull in the action before the knockout stage begins.