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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After the incidents in France over the past couple of weeks, the rights of freedom of the press has been highlighted, and maybe the club have realised this and offered an olive branch.
ENDA Kenny has insisted there will be no General Election this year - as he offered an olive branch to Independent TDs.
There were lots of rumours and nasty things said but Sinitta and the others offered an olive branch and now they're all best of friends.
The Wanted's Tom Parker has offered an olive branch to One Direction in a bid to end the boy bands' feud which has spilled over to affect their fans.
But I have a lot of love for Nicole and if she offered an olive branch, I would accept it with open arms.
Summary: Iran's newly installed President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday offered an olive branch to the United States in talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate.
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.
Since the unrest, the government has offered an olive branch to opposition groups, inviting them to the table of negotiation, the outcomes of which will determine the future of the country.
Bush and offered an olive branch to Iran, saying he wanted a new beginning with the country that Bush had labelled part of the "axis of evil.
But Williams has now offered an olive branch, poking fun at himself by signing the note "D-Cup".
A BITTER row over a threat to the future of local services in Northumberland communities took a new twist last night after a council leader offered an olive branch.
However, the Prime Minister offered an olive branch to the new Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College - which is also threatened by harsh spending cuts.
Swift offered an olive branch with her song Innocent, singing: "Everyone of us has messed up, too .
In an SMS sent to its subscribers, du offered an olive branch to customers who were unhappy with their downed streaming services.