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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But Mayor Anderson offered him an olive branch yesterday.
Technical director Dan Ashworth apologised to him over the U-turn and that club offered him an olive branch.
Both Levein and Fletcher refused to compromise in the 19 months that followed until Levein called the Stadium of Light's new hero on Monday night and offered him an olive branch, which was accepted.
Ranger's latest arrest comes just days after Toon bosses offered him an olive branch and re-installed him into first-team training after a three-month exile.
DAMASCUS: Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to stop seeking compromise with Israel but offered him an olive branch, saying Palestinians must end their divisions.
Yesterday she offered him an olive branch, and said she wanted him to be a part of her life.
But then I heard he was looking for something to do, so I offered him an olive branch and said he could answer the phones for me.
And although Rhodri Morgan offered him an olive branch on Thursday night by asking him to reconsider, he has not been very responsive since.
However it is believed Negri is keen to kick-start his career in Glasgow and Murray has now offered him an olive branch.
He offered him an olive branch and said the door isn't closed, but everything suggests it is.
An insider said: "If his uncle offered him an olive branch, William would hit him with it.
A family friend was quoted as saying: "If his uncle offered him an olive branch, William would hit him with it.