Definition of phony war noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

phony war

 noun
(also phoney war)noun
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a situation in which two or more countries have officially declared war but have not yet started to fight. The best-known phony war was the first six months of World War II. Britain and France declared war against Germany in September 1939, but did not send any soldiers to fight until Germany attacked Denmark and Norway in April 1940 The President spoke of the need for a real war, not a phony war, against drugs.
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