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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  
      adj   , -nier, -niest  
      n   pl   , -nies      a variant spelling (esp. U.S.) of       phoney  
  phoniness      n  


-phony  
      n combining form   indicating a specified type of sound  
cacophony, euphony     
     (from Greek -phonia, from phone sound)  
  -phonic      adj combining form  
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, -phony, phoney, phon

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
a militarist; person who urges war
Synonyms: warmonger, militant
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