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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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Antony Stephen Allwood, aged 23, of Hillside North, Stoke Heath, Coventry, conduct amounting to a breach of the peace, bound over to keep the peace for 12 months.
We are honored to be able to give back to these communities through RushCard's Keep the Peace initiative and are confident that these grants will go a long way to support the good work that these organizations are doing in the communities we serve, ultimately making a difference in young people's lives.
James Leslie Clarke, aged 27, of Longford Road, Longford, Coventry, breach of the peace, bound over to keep the peace for 12 months.
Shuhel Ansari, 24, of Theobald Road, Cardiff, admitted a breach of the peace and was bound over in the sum of pounds 100 to keep the peace for 12 months.
A teenager accused of breaching a court order within hours of it being made has been bound over to keep the peace.
Nato was founded in the Cold War to make the peace and we are now working to an agenda designed to keep the peace for future generations.
it makes sense for there to be an international body that has got the backbone and the capacity to help keep the peace.
They will help to keep the peace being brokered in the Balkans hot spot.
Our main role here in Northern Ireland is to support the police, provide them with whatever back-up they require and help keep the peace and deter terrorism.
into playing that role far more fully than it has over the past several decades, primarily because Iraq is the Yugoslavia of the Middle East--a crossroads of civilizations that has historically required a dictatorship to keep the peace.
They prove not particularly organizable, and to get things done, advance democracy and keep the peace, Grace turns into a very reluctant tyrant - but a dictator who betrays her deepest ideals nonetheless.
We will present evidence that federal officers stepped in to keep the peace only because local law enforcement refused to come to our aid," said Glenn Spencer, president of Voice of Citizens Together.
As the politicians argued about how to keep the peace in Northern Ireland, elsewhere in the province life went on much as usual.
Instead of our Prime Minister flying to other countries to try to keep the peace, and for his own selfaggrandisement, he should be in his own country keeping the peace here.
Sinn Fein pledged to keep the peace yesterday and won a place at the talks on Ulster's future.