offer the olive branch (to someone)

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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
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Abhisit had offered the olive branch to United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) also known as the Red-Shirts.
Shujaat offered the olive branch to dissident party leaders, saying that he was ready to visit their residence to resolve differences.
Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale yesterday offered the olive branch to Galatasaray president Faruk Suren before the two sides face being paired together in today's Champions' League draw.
She offered the olive branch to Mr Major just days after saying that Tony Blair would not let Britain down.