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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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Perhaps the most valuable section in these three chapters is Catterall's creative and nuanced treatment of the methods that local authorities used to keep the peace and defuse violence.
The government order allows police and military officials to use force if necessary to keep the peace in the short term, but the president will need more than a big stick to mend relations and prevent another round of uprisings.
But the post-war anarchy in Iraq has also proven that you can't keep the peace that way.
"What I have to say is keep the peace. Let the children figure things out.
The plaintiffs argue that the total lack of local police has a detrimental impact on a community's ability to keep the peace, and operates as an open invitation for importing alcohol and drugs--the primary factors in most Native village crimes.
The articles we have chosen to present provide a broad picture of how ESC is building closer ties with the international community and helping our warfighters keep the peace.
Obviously, the same tools can be used to either keep the peace or wreak mass destruction.
The actor who played the cuddly bear Bungle in the children's television show Rainbow was yesterday bound over to keep the peace after an alleged road rage incident.
Washington says that the money will be forthcoming only if the warring factions in the long-running civil conflict can keep the peace. A peace agreement was signed in Lome last July, but its implementation has been difficult and sporadic.
troops are risking their lives there to help keep the peace in this tiny island territory in the Pacific.
Quoc Truong, 13, is one of 80 students trained to keep the peace at Toronto's Park Public School.
According to the Dayton Detente, the Christopher Accords, the Buckeye Bargain, we will be sending 20,000 troops to Bosnia to keep the peace. I bet Bob Dornan will push for a motion to allow openly gay people to serve in the military.
But neither do I believe that keeping silent or sidestepping conflict in an effort to keep the peace is any way to go about building a marriage--not if your expectations of marriage are the same as mine.
The allowances are supposed to have been paid to them monthly for coming down to the Borno sector of the war theatre to keep the peace side by side the soldiers.
AN Almondbury man has been ordered to keep the peace after throwing a drink at his sister.