peace and quiet


Tranquillity and freedom from disturbance. This phrase's redundancy—quiet 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]

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