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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Offering an olive branch to Hazare, who had parted ways with Kejriwal after he launched Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) in October 2012, the Delhi chief minister invited Hazare to visit Delhi Secretariat on Wednesday morning.
LIKE a knight in shining armour he came riding over the hill, offering an olive branch to the warring factions within rugby league.
Trading Standards swiftly ruled that the chippy had no case to answer, but Gold Sea boss Paul Crolla is still offering an olive branch.
It remains a long road back for Pietersen, 32, but he is prepared to show just how much England means to him by offering an olive branch to Strauss and coach Andy Flower.
Altering the nature of a spectacle in the knowledge that you are merely offering an olive branch to objectors is allowing your dog to be wagged by its tail; and no-one should forget, above all, that the Grand National commands the huge international audience that it does precisely because it is a unique and wonderful spectacle.
She is even considering offering an olive branch to Peter and Alex.
Offering an olive branch, he added: "It would be nice if the governing parties could give us a reason to support that.
Addressing a rally in Allahabad here, Bhagwat criticised the Central Government for offering an olive branch to Pakistan despite its hostile attitude.
Duncan Simpson, Amicus national officer for the motor industry, appeared to be offering an olive branch when he said it was in the best interests of the firm and members 'to resolve this dispute quickly'.
Leeds United's new caretaker-manager Eddie Gray has sought to bring harmony back to the club by offering an olive branch to outcasts Mark Viduka and Danny Mills.
The city is offering an olive branch to merchants in the form of special interest rate bank loans, and claiming that variances may be issued, but all indications given suggest this a lengthy and costly avenue.
Brown responded to Goram's plea by offering an olive branch but insisted: "Andy will have to contact me directly either in writing or verbally to rescind the letter he sent me saying he was retiring from the international team.
There is no conflict between the geochemistry and the geophysics," says Allegre, offering an olive branch.
But Cuban star Pitbull is offering an olive branch and wants Lohan to come along with him to the event in LA and watch him perform the song.
But Cuban star Pitbull is offering an olive branch and say he wants Lohan to come along with him to the event in Los Angeles and watch him perform the song.