hold the ring

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hold the ring

To monitor or control a conflict or dispute, especially in a neutral or uninvolved manner. Primarily heard in UK. Working in HR, my job is to hold the ring between employees who have a problem, rather than involve myself directly in it.
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hold the ring

monitor a dispute or conflict without becoming involved in it.
1991 Mark Tully No Full Stops in India The police no longer attempt to hold the ring between the farmers and landless labourers fighting for just the paltry minimum wage.
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Dugdale, a better leader than Labour deserved when they were on their knees, can hold the ring against the SNP in what will become a real battle to the death in the west of Scotland over the next few years.
Loosen the three screws, spin the ring until two steel stopping pins contact each other and retighten the small Allen screws that hold the ring.
Iraq and Syria will probably be a collection of small regional entities that may have fought themselves to a standstill, but will hesitate to rejoin the nation states they will have come from, while Yemen and Libya may have found a way to weld their factious militias into some loose arrangements where feeble central governments are allowed to hold the ring as long as they do not interfere too much in regional and local affairs.
In agreement with the coach, the stationary lift was modified whereby the lifting partner would grab the dancer's blade before lifting her so that she could hold the ring position without placing stress on the left forearm (Figure 5).
The aid suspension indicates that the West believes the moderates in the Syrian opposition cannot hold the ring in Syria any longer.
Together they rigidly hold the ring to which spider, focuser and finder are attached.
This will feed into the strategic plans of NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups, which jointly hold the ring on planning London's health services over the next three to five years.
We like the one-handed version shown in the top photo because you can hold the ring in place with one hand while tightening it with the other.
I also wrote: "UN member states would have to be convinced that under cover of a rescue mission the states doing the job did not have an ulterior motive and that the mandate for it could be tied down to the minimum needed to help end the tragedy and hold the ring for a new set of well-intentioned rulers to emerge.
Someone has to hold the ring and it can't be left to the arrogant, overpaid bureaucrats in Brussels.
MY LOVING ANGEL EYES In my hand I hold the ring that once went on your finger and in my heart I hold the memories of when we were once together for one day you said goodbye which broke my heart and made me cry and if I no longer can hold you in my arms then I will surely die So please come back into my life from wherever in the world you may be so I can hold you in my arms once more which will make my life worth living again For only your love can keep my heart beating only your love can keep me alive only the love of an angel from heaven and that's you my loving angel eyes.
Asked whether he might create the post of a grocery ombudsman who could hold the ring in the contentious area of production and retailing, Ciolo?
Mr Powell said a "referee" was needed to hold the ring between competing and contradictory interests.