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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However, although Tina offers an olive branch to Gary and Izzy over the baby she's now calling Joe, it does little to melt the ice between them.
He offers an olive branch at a press conference and wallows in the generous applause from the fans before kick-off against Bursaspor.
But Pauline offers an olive branch by inviting her to her wedding to unemployed depressive Malcolm (Jack Black), who, naturally, Margot hates.