offer an olive branch (to someone)

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offer an olive branch (to someone)

To extend an offer or gesture of peace, reconciliation, truce, etc. (to someone), so as to end a disagreement or dispute. (Can also be formulated as "offer someone an olive branch.") The conservatives in Congress seem to be offering an 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 offer an olive branch. I was still hurt by the way my parents had lied to me, but I decided to offer them an olive branch at Christmas.
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Is it too much to hope that the 'monied' clubs in the Drakes League will offer an olive branch to the Central League to ensure that both leagues survive and prosper?
Mr Kenny said it was a repeat of the current Government he was seeking but he did offer an olive branch to some Independents.
But regardless of the numbers the South African based tycoon called on Murray to be appointed a director in a bid to offer an olive branch to the fans, most of whom are firmly behind the rebel group which also includes former chairman Malcolm Murray and businessmen Scott Murdoch and Alex Wilson.
Summary: Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid al-Thani appeared to offer an olive branch to Syria by asking General Security head Maj.
They fell out two years ago when he axed her from the US X Factor, but Cheryl decided to offer an olive branch by asking him to the bash.
In March, White House tried to offer an olive branch to Iran and repair strained ties of nearly three decades.
And as Hodgson agonises over whether to offer an olive branch to Ferdinand or call up Tottenham's Steven Caulker, he is also considering a recall for Spurs winger Aaron Lennon.
On Monday, some media reports said the Karzai administration was planning to offer an olive branch to insurgent leaders in Saudi Arabia.
However, Noel now wants to offer an olive branch saying that despite everything that has transpired between them, he still has a soft spot for Liam.
Yu now insists that Yeung and his team plan to sit down in the next seven to ten days where they will decide whether to continue as a silent partner or offer an olive branch to the Blues hierarchy.
I have tried to offer an olive branch to TalkSport chief executive Scott Taunton but he has declined my overtures," said the 47 year-old, who grew up in Radford and attended Blue Coat School in Stoke.
At least Massa is willing to offer an olive branch despite Hamilton accusing the Ferrari ace of deliberately trying to run him off the track at Fuji.
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.
Gordon brown is to offer an olive branch to opponents of the Iraq war by reinstating the right to demonstrate and march outside Parliament, it was revealed yesterday.
Souness is not about to offer an olive branch to Bellamy even if he apologises.