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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.
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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.
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Keep peace with the Lords of the Jungle--the Tiger, the Panther, the Bear; And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.
If they wanted us to call them kings and dukes, I hadn't no objections, 'long as it would keep peace in the family; and it warn't no use to tell Jim, so I didn't tell him.
"Thy father was brave man," Ebbits acknowledged, with the air of one who will keep peace in the house at any cost.
He said India had 'violated the bilateral agreement to keep peace in the border areas' by the constitutional amendment.
He spoke of Kuwait's "hope" to keep peace and security intact all over the world, lamenting the fact that much of the wider Arab region is embroiled in conflict.
They must have the armoured vehicles to keep peace,' he said.
At least 285 rookie policemen were deployed across the Soccsksargen region early this week to help keep peace and order during the Yuletide season, officials said.
Uy said there is a need to sustain their gains and keep peace.
He said that security forces were fully alert and had the capacity to keep peace and normalcy in the district.
Speaking on the occasion, Brig Naeem Akbar said that security forces were fully alert and capable to keep peace and normalcy in the district, adding continuous support of elders and people was of supreme importance in this regard.
"Pakistan is carrying out action against the terrorists without any discrimination, in which the Pakistan Army and the civilian sector has given great sacrifices." Nusrat further said that her government would maintain integrated policy to keep peace and stability in the region.
The seminars will focus on how men need to love their wives and keep peace in their families."
Its Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah sought to ease the anxiety of voters and urged them not to heed the rumours as 60,000 specially-trained police officers will be deployed nationwide to keep peace and public order from the moment Parliament is dissolved.
"North Korea should not exaggerate our efforts to keep peace nor should they engage in provocations that would worsen the situation, using (the exercise) as an excuse," he said.