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keep (one's) peace

To stay quiet despite wanting to say something. Just keep your peace if you don't have anything constructive to add. I knew that anything I said would just make her angry, so I decided to keep my peace.
See also: keep, peace

keep (one's) place

To be aware of the limit of one's role in a particular place or situation. I keep my place and don't bother the CEO when I see him around the office. I'm just an intern, after all.
See also: keep, place
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep (something of someone's or something's)

to retain something that belongs to or is associated with someone or something. I would love to keep this handkerchief of yours. I want to keep a memento of the occasion.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep

/hold (one's) peace
To be silent.

keep

/know (one's) place
To recognize one's social position and act according to traditional decorum.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Let us all rejoice in the Lord and keep festival in honor of Ralph.
But I want to keep my feet on the ground, keep learning and keep progressing.