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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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