peace and quiet

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peace and quiet

Tranquillity and freedom from disturbance. This phrase's redundancyquiet here does not mean "lack of sound" but "peacefulness"gives added emphasis. It often is used in wishes for this condition, as in All I want is a little peace and quiet. [Mid-1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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