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keep the peace

To maintain peace and/or order by 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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They are realistically challenging-one persists in using the word "nigger," for example--and Alice must work hard at just keeping the peace.
Most of UNIFIL is an expensive joke and an illustration of why the United Nations has failed so miserably in its central task of keeping the peace and deterring aggression among nations.
Keeping the peace are corrupt police and underground young vigilantes, some of whom play both sides of the law.
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THE Irish soldiers keeping the peace in Lebanon have done a magnificent job.
Set in the years following the Great Intergalactic War, keeping the peace is a delicate process, especially for an Inner Space Pilot First Class (that's you) who has to complete a series of covert missions in order to solve the mystery of the steadily-increasing barrage of attacks on human ships.
Most depict human faces, though there are some bulls, devils and even a pair of monkeys - typically worn by those keeping the peace among the crowds at the fiestas and other ceremonies.
holding fast to their duty to prevent loitering, stop smoking by underage teens and to keeping the peace.