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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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So convinced is Kennedy of this, that he quotes with approval the opinion of a Foreign Office official on 1 September 1939 that President Roosevelt was "'ready, if need be, to assist in holding the ring in the Far East'" (p.
British officials, some with little or no experience of the Middle East, came to regard themselves as umpires holding the ring between Arab and Jew.
of basketball operations (or as previous generations of Clippers saw him, the guard holding the ring of keys).
John, the son of a former Georgian mayor was left holding the ring as his fairytale wedding came crashing down around him.