disturb the peace


: to behave in a violent or noisy manner in public
They were arrested for disturbing the peace.

Examples of disturb the peace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Las Vegas police said 58 people were cited for assembling to disturb the peace, a misdemeanor. Rio Yamat, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2023 Even the calmest of protests disturb the peace to some extent. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2020 Thanks to its electric drivetrain, the rear-drive Minicab is also especially quiet so as not to wake other campers or disturb the peace around it. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 13 Jan. 2023 The issue is – is one government going to react in an aggressive and violent way to disturb the peace? Sandi Sidhu, CNN, 19 Aug. 2022 Mother, Rosalie, Edwin and Asia are concerned, but most days don’t dare threaten to disturb the peace. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 Though their friendship blossoms, both must tread carefully in each other’s lives so as not to disturb the peace and social standing each has established. Emily Maskell, Vulture, 3 Nov. 2021 Eventually, two brothers turn up and disturb the peace by harassing the old man and breaking his clock. Malcom Forbes Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Giving in to an urge to test the loyalty of a relationship or take a chance on money can disturb the peace. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 16 Dec. 2020 See More

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“Disturb the peace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disturb%20the%20peace. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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