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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Liam Hemsworth offers an olive branch to Miley Cyrus after the split as he tells her to KEEP her $250k engagement ring.
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.
PETER Mandelson today offers an olive branch to Labour rebels over his plans to sell off part of the Royal Mail.
But Pauline offers an olive branch by inviting her to her wedding to unemployed depressive Malcolm (Jack Black), who, naturally, Margot hates.
He also offers an olive branch to the rest of Take That for the things that he said, (``ignorant, thick and clueless'' being among them), about his former boy band colleagues when the group split up.