an/the olive branch

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an/the olive branch

A symbol, expression, or gesture of peace, reconciliation, truce, etc. Used most commonly in the phrase "hold out/offer (someone) an/the olive branch. The conservatives in Congress seem to be offering the olive branch to Democrats on the issue of raising the debt ceiling. If you find yourself in a spat with a friend, try to be the bigger person and be the one to hold out the olive branch.
See also: branch, olive
References in classic literature ?
It was a triangular billet, on pink paper, and sealed with a dove and an olive branch, and a profusion of light blue sealing wax, and it was written in a very large, though undecided female hand.
The shield was flanked, on the right by an olive branch, on the left by a deer's antlers.
An olive branch is traditionally a symbol of peace, but not necessarily in the context of chronological problems in the Eastern Mediterranean region and the Near East during the second millennium BC.
S ambassador's upcoming meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, BJP leader Kirti Azad on Tuesday said that Modi was not dying to go to America and that the latter was extending an olive branch to Modi looking at the changed scenario.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Pope Francis called for more dialogue with Islam and offered an olive branch to China and other countries that don't have diplomatic relations with the Vatican.
In an SMS sent to its subscribers, du offered an olive branch to customers who were unhappy with their downed streaming services.
Mr Cameron's call would have found greater credibility, had he not offered the Liberal Democrats an olive branch on the grounds that there is now "less disagreement than there used to be" between these two parties.
The initiative aims at celebrating Arab intellectual contributions in various fields and categories, according to an Olive Branch press release.
This is the first version, which includes an olive branch motif.
An Olive Branch native now in his third term as mayor, Rikard recalls the town he knew as a child, when everybody knew everybody and a night watchman was all the law-enforcement strength Olive Branch needed.
But Holland held out an olive branch, insisting the player could be back involved this week if he made his peace with the club.
In an open letter to the Home Secretary, Jan Berry, chairman of the Police Federation, said: "I want to take this opportunity to offer an olive branch.
WASHINGTON -- It's not quite Angelina Jolie offering to meet with Jennifer Aniston, but newly empowered California House Democrats are extending an olive branch to a group that has shunned them for years: California Republicans.
Warwickshire's decision to offer an olive branch to Evans comes two years after he left the Midlands to live in Kent.