an/the olive branch

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an/the olive branch

A symbol, expression, or gesture of peace, reconciliation, truce, etc. Used most commonly in the phrase "hold out/offer (someone) an/the olive branch." The conservatives in Congress seem to be offering the 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 hold out the olive branch.
See also: branch, olive

olive branch

A symbol of peace, an offering of good will, as in They feuded for years, but finally the Hatfields came over bearing an olive branch. This term is alluded to in the Bible (Genesis 8:11), where the dove comes to Noah after the flood with an olive leaf in its mouth. [c. 1600]
See also: branch, olive
References in classic literature ?
They showed us likewise the bloody robe which that archbishop of Paris wore who exposed his sacred person and braved the wrath of the insurgents of 1848, to mount the barricades and hold aloft the olive branch of peace in the hope of stopping the slaughter.
The general had turned up in the bosom of his family two or three days before, but not, as usual, with the olive branch of peace in his hand, not in the garb of penitence--in which he was usually clad on such occasions--but, on the contrary, in an uncommonly bad temper.
The new push brought the Olive Branch forces to areas just one or two kilometers away from Raju via the Northwestern direction.
The olive branch, of course, is typically used as a peace gesture.
Skinner (3) notes the classical use of the olive branch as a symbol of peace, quoting a line from Virgil: Paciferaeque manu ramum praetendit olivae , "holding out an olive branch.
In the fall of 1991, a then-unknown Palestinian activist named Ziad Abu Ein organized what became known as the Olive Branch March.
Water infrastructure required to distribute this increased capacity will include improvements to the Hwy 74 BPS and to the Olive Branch BPS.
THE Olive Branch restaurant on Manchester Road, near Marsden opened over 18 years ago.
The company added the Olive Branch facility is expected to begin operation in the second quarter of 2012 with approximately 70 workers.
AaThe idea behind those awards belongs to the Olive Branch group, specialized in breaking stereotypes tied to the Arab World.
That's largely thanks to a robust calendar of free downtown events, planned by the Olive Branch Old Towne Association.
Comprised of two buildings, the Olive Branch properties are owned by ProLogis.
In Edinburgh, the Olive Branch Bistro group has a new offshoot on George IV Bridge at the former home to Herbe Bistro.
GE's decision to move into the Olive Branch facility and establish a new, expanded, integrated renewables logistics center advances our goals to provide excellent lifecycle service to our customers throughout North and South America," said Diarmaid Mulholland, general manager of wind services for GE's renewable energy business.