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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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