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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.
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.
Addressing a rally in Allahabad here, Bhagwat criticised the Central Government for offering an olive branch to Pakistan despite its hostile attitude.
We are at an impasse, but as with most families, a resolution will come about only if the parents are prepared to meet the rest of their family half way - by offering an olive branch to Benitez and the Liverpool fans.
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.
He said: 'We are offering an olive branch to this management.
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.
During his recent Kashmir visit, Singh offering an olive branch to Pakistan, said New Delhi is willing to talk to anyone who has any meaningful ideas for promoting peace and development in Kashmir.
He claimed her was offering an olive branch to opposition leader Raila Odinga.