breach of the peace

noun phrase

Definition of breach of the peace

: a charge of making a lot of noise or behaving violently in public : disorderly conduct He was fined for committing a breach of the peace.

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breach of the peace

Legal Definition of breach of the peace

1 : a disturbance of public peace or order insulting language causing a breach of the peace — see also fighting words
2 : the offense of causing a breach of the peace — compare disorderly conduct

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