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an offer one can't refuse

An offer in which the repercussions for refusing would be so great that to do so would be either be dangerous or ill-advised. It often implies the "offer" is a threat, but this is not always the case. The phrase was coined by Mario Puzo in his 1969 novel The Godfather, and popularized by the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film adaptation of the same name. If he's not willing to agree to the contract, I might have to bring a few men over and make him an offer he can't refuse. The buyout deal was worth $9 billion to the company, so, really, it was an offer we couldn't refuse.
See also: offer, one, refuse

offer affordance(s)

To provide the means for something to happen or take place. Of course, man-made systems of organization in any field inherently offer affordances for error and exploitation, as the human element can neither be escaped nor denied. While many see the increasing amount of technology as a detriment to children's minds, one cannot underestimate how it also offers affordance to their increased capacity to learn and access information.
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offer the 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 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 offer the olive branch. I was still hurt by the way my parents had lied to me, but I decided to offer them the olive branch at Christmas.
See also: branch, offer, olive

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

offer (someone) (one's) condolences

To extend a semi-formal declaration or expression of sympathy to someone who has experienced a recent pain, grief, or misfortune, especially the death of a relative or loved one. Tom, I just heard about your wife's passing and wanted to offer my most sincere condolences. We're calling over after lunch to offer condolences to the family. Jane wasn't able to make it to the funeral, but she wanted to offer you her condolences nonetheless.
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*a helping hand

Fig. help; physical help, especially with the hands. (*Typically: get ~; need ~; give someone ~; offer ~; offer someone ~.) When you feel like you need a helping hand making dinner, just let me know.
See also: hand, helping

make someone an offer

to offer someone an amount of money for something. (Usually an invitation.) Do you like it? Make me an offer.
See also: make, offer

*offer one cannot refuse

Cliché a very attractive offer. (*Typically: give one ~; make ~; make one ~.) He made me an offer I could not refuse, so I sold him my car.
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offer something for something

to suggest a certain amount of money as a purchase price for something. I'll offer you ten bucks for that watch. They offered me very little for my car.
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offer something to someone (as something)

to propose giving something to someone as a gift, peace offering, payment, etc. They offered us a bunch of flowers as a peace offering. As an apology, I offered a gift to the hostess.
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offer something up (to someone or something)

to give something to someone or something as a mark of devotion, thanks, etc. We offered our gratitude up to the ruler. We offered up our gratitude to the queen.
See also: offer, up

hold out/offer an olive branch

to do or say something in order to show that you want to end a disagreement with someone
Usage notes: An olive branch is traditionally a symbol of peace.
(often + to ) He held out an olive branch to the opposition by releasing 42 political prisoners.
See also: branch, hold, olive, out

offer up

v.
To submit something as an offering, especially in worship or devotion: At the memorial, they offered prayers up for the victims. Let's offer up free meals during the holidays.
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Short-term deferred-payment offer: the offered amount to be paid in more than 90 days but within 24 months.
Deferred-payment offer: the offered amount to be paid over the life of the collection statute.
This provision does not apply to the extent the refund or credit exceeds the difference between the assessment and the amount offered.
1, which provides that when doubt as to collectibility is the basis for the offer, the amount offered must reflect "all that can be collected from the taxpayer's equity in assets and income, present and prospective," after giving effect to all priorities granted to the Government.
Co when compared to previous acquisition multiples offered for Scania, the Offer is at a substantial discount
Such Securities will not be and have not been registered under the federal securities laws and may not be offered absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements.
The Mittal Steel shares offered will be new class A common shares, with identical rights as existing class A common shares and entitlement to any dividends declared after their date of issuance.
The exchange offer, if consummated, will be followed by a merger for the same consideration to Fastclick stockholders as offered in the exchange offer.
AIG has received a copy of the Offer to Purchase documents, dated July 27, 2005, pursuant to which TRC Capital has offered to purchase for cash up to 2,000,000 outstanding shares of Common Stock of AIG.
The same price offered in the original offer period of $3.
EMC has received a copy of the Offer to Purchase documents, dated February 15, 2005, pursuant to which TRC Capital has offered to purchase in cash up to 10,000,000 outstanding shares of Common Stock of EMC, representing less than one percent of the outstanding shares of EMC Common Stock.
The rights and shares of common stock are not being offered or sold to any person outside the United States.
The Purchaser has offered to purchase all the units (other than units held by ARV Assisted Living, Inc.