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.
See also: branch, offer, olive
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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.
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.
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.
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.
As such, he was able to offer an olive branch to pro-single currency campaigners with a raft of measures, including a draft referendum bill, designed to pave the way for the UK's eventual entry should economic conditions be right.
At the same time McIlroy is ready to offer an olive branch to a trio who claim they were frozen out during the reign of Lawrie McMenemy.
And Riordan also found ways to offer an olive branch to the council.
In his speech, Farrakhan sort of attempted to offer an olive branch to the Jewish community, even though when I reread that section of the speech recently I noticed that it was a pretty flimsy branch.