Definition of keep the peace in English:

keep the peace


  • Refrain or prevent others from disturbing civil order.

    ‘the police must play a crucial role in keeping the peace’
    • ‘I compromised my own self in order to keep the peace and stave off confrontation.’
    • ‘It is the program that kept the peace for six years.’
    • ‘When I was a kid, the police in my town mostly kept the peace.’
    • ‘Well, first of all, let's remember that mutual deterrence and arms control has kept the peace for 50 years.’
    • ‘He's said nice, placatory things, and he's kept the peace, but we need more than that to drive the country forward.’
    • ‘She is a very level-headed, capable person and is good at keeping the peace.’
    • ‘I mean, they are experts in security and keeping the peace.’
    • ‘Occasionally, we may have to lend practical support for keeping the peace and protecting life and liberty in the face of internal and external aggression.’
    • ‘It is regrettable if she was upset by the incident, but the action was taken in the interests of keeping the peace.’
    • ‘Of the utmost importance to them here is keeping the peace.’