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 ?
It was a triangular billet, on pink paper, and sealed with a dove and an olive branch, and a profusion of light blue sealing wax, and it was written in a very large, though undecided female hand.
We also wish to extend an olive branch to other leaders who might have felt short-changed and joined other parties."
Okechukwu described the statement made by the SGF as a wake-up call and an Olive Branch by President Buhari to Ndigbo.
This operation, which is an olive branch for our friends and the oppressed ones is also a clear and uncompromising display of determination to fight against terrorist organisations.
"The Parliamentary Labour Party have already said we want some unity in the party and I think Jeremy should accept those Shadow Cabinet elections as an olive branch and a way of getting unity within the party."
The famous image of the dove holding an olive branch in its beak derives from the Septuagint (LXX), which translated the word taraf as "twig." 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." (4) The LXX rendered taraf in Greek as karphos, a term that has various meanings, such as dry branches, pieces of wood, scraps of wool, and other materials with which a bird builds its nest.
The U.S seeing the changed scenario is now extending an olive branch to Modi," said Azad.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Pope Francis called for more dialogue with Islam and offered an olive branch to China and other countries that don't have diplomatic relations with the Vatican.
Mr Cameron's call would have found greater credibility, had he not offered the Liberal Democrats an olive branch on the grounds that there is now "less disagreement than there used to be" between these two parties.
The initiative aims at celebrating Arab intellectual contributions in various fields and categories, according to an Olive Branch press release.Aa
An Olive Branch native now in his third term as mayor, Rikard recalls the town he knew as a child, when everybody knew everybody and a night watchman was all the law-enforcement strength Olive Branch needed.
Below this are two joined olive branches--a reference to the country's emblem, which depicts a dove holding an olive branch.
Arafat tells the UN he is "bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun.
Grierson says the school's action surprised him, especially since the Mormon Church, which owns and directs BYU, had recently held out an olive branch to gay members--saying they were welcome as long as they remained celibate.
By offering what he calls "an olive branch" to the Republicans, Feingold says he is setting precedent for a progressive administration of the future.