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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ENDA Kenny has insisted there will be no General Election this year - as he offered an olive branch to Independent TDs.
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.
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.
CAMPBELL OGILVIE last night offered an olive branch to Charles Green in an attempt to end the SFA's long-running war with Rangers.
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.
In return, Swift offered an olive branch to West through the lyrics of her song Innocent-which she performed at the 2010 ceremony.
However, the Prime Minister offered an olive branch to the new Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College - which is also threatened by harsh spending cuts.
Assistant Chief Constable Nick Croft, who is in charge of the policing operation, yesterday offered an olive branch to this year's participants.
In an SMS sent to its subscribers, du offered an olive branch to customers who were unhappy with their downed streaming services.
Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara offered an olive branch to Nagasaki by suggesting some Olympic events be held in city on the southern island of Kyushu if the capital won the hosting rights.
David Cameron has offered an olive branch to which party ahead of a general election?
Last week Burberry offered an olive branch to the workers, who are likely to be made redundant by March, by suggesting they could be offered work at the firm's plant in Castleford.