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keep the peace

To maintain peace and/or order with preventing conflict. The National Guard was called out to keep the peace during the demonstrations. Growing up, I was always the one who had to keep the peace between my sisters.
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keep the peace

Maintain public order; prevent strife. For example, President Clinton ordered troops to Bosnia to keep the peace. This expression dates from the 1400s and was originally used more in the first sense, that is, of police keeping public order. It gained extra currency in the second half of the 1900s when military forces were sent to diverse places-Lebanon, Haiti, Bosnia-to stop warring factions.
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keep the peace

COMMON If someone keeps the peace, they stop people arguing or fighting. They were among the first troops sent to help keep the peace in the region. How did your mother succeed in keeping the peace between these two very different men?
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keep the peace

refrain or prevent others from disturbing civil order.
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ˌkeep the ˈpeace


1 prevent people from fighting, arguing, etc: The United Nations is sending in troops to keep the peace.If I’m at home I can keep the peace; if I’m not, they fight all day long.
2 (formal) not create a disturbance in a public place: The court ordered him to keep the peace.
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keep the peace

To maintain or observe law and order: officers who were sworn to keep the peace.
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But the charges were dismissed after Bates agreed to be bound over to keep the peace for a year in the sum of pounds 100.
He added: "It is a temporary solution and shows that unionists understand the difficulty Gerry Adams faces - but there is a need to keep the peace process bubbling over across the summer.
AN Almondbury man has been ordered to keep the peace after throwing a drink at his sister.
CASES dealt with by Birmingham Magistrates court on May 21, include: Michael Hocking, aged 28, of Kingston Court, Abdon Avenue, Weoley Castle, shoplifting bed linen from Debenhams to the value of pounds 157, failure to attend an assessement following test for class A drug, failure, to answer to court, committed to prison for six weeks; Zahid Mohammed Iqbal, aged 39, of Benmore Avenue, Edgbaston, breach of the peace likely to occur, bound over to keep the peace in the sum of pounds 100 for 12 months; Lee Gordon Burkett, aged 33, of Lea Village, failing to comply with the requirments of a community order.
He agreed to be bound over to keep the peace for the next year in the sum of pounds 150.
I'm in the middle trying to keep the peace although if pushed I'm on the side of the kids.
Corey H Stevenson aged 36, of Meadfoot Road, Willenhall, Coventry, breach of the peace, bound over to keep the peace.
Gordon, 44, of Chandos Street, Deckham, was found guilty and bound over to keep the peace for six months in the sum of pounds 100.
Imran Ahmad, of Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff, 28, admitted breaching the peace and was bound over in the sum of pounds 100 to keep the peace towards his sisters for 12 months.
Whitmore said jail officials at the Pitchess complex met Monday to determine how to best handle the crisis, with some deputies working overtime to keep the peace.
The Venturer 5 inch portable twin screen dvd player comes complete with an in car kit, MP3 capabilities, a car power adaptor and the all important headphones to keep the peace for the lowest price around.
it makes sense for there to be an international body that has got the backbone and the capacity to help keep the peace.
A teenager accused of breaching a court order within hours of it being made has been bound over to keep the peace.
YET again British troops have been sent abroad to keep the peace.
The eyes of the world are on Birmingham as Nato maps out its strategy to keep the peace for future generations, the organisation's leader told the city last night.