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
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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.
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.
I sampled my second vegetarian dish in 12 years at The Olive Branch Bistro in Broughton Street.
June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Olive Branch Fund: A Thisbe and Noah Scott Legacy, an organization dedicated to combating pediatric motor neuron diseases, today announced its first funding award to Kevin Eggan, Ph.
The election special has a selection of toppings including anchovies to mark the fishy behaviour of MPs, spinach for the spin doctors and olives to mark the olive branch of peace in the Middle East.
AaThe idea behind those awards belongs to the Olive Branch group, specialized in breaking stereotypes tied to the Arab World.
He was a member of the Olive Branch Lodge of Masons in Millbury, the American Philatelic Society, the Devoe-Taylor American Legion Post in Millbury and the Allepo Shrine in Willington.
They knew that the olive branch was a sign of peace.
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.
Kennedy said in 1961, "On the Presidential Coat of Arms, the American eagle holds in his right talon the olive branch, while in his left he holds a bundle of arrows.
It belongs to Congress to say whether the Nation shall of choice dismiss the olive branch and unfurl the banners of War.
This excellent abridgment that spans the period between 1770 and 1776 also includes Paul Revere's ride, the siege of Boston, the Olive Branch entreaty, the meetings of the Continental Congress and the ratification of the Declaration of Independence.