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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Mr Taylor has to understand he does not own the club and is not even on the committee as far as we are aware and the rules have to be followed, We have offered them an olive branch for the club's sake and I hope he takes it.
Yesterday, he offered them an olive branch by putting off a crunch decision over a new name for the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
But now Fanning has offered them an olive branch with the 2TV invitation.