Meaning of phoney war in English:

phoney war



  • 1The period of comparative inaction at the beginning of the Second World War between the German invasions of Poland (September 1939) and of Norway (April 1940).

    1. 1.1A period of declared conflict or activity in which little actually happens.
      • ‘in the phoney war before an election, incumbent politicians typically focus on the economy if things are going well’