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.
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.
S ambassador's upcoming meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, BJP leader Kirti Azad on Tuesday said that Modi was not dying to go to America and that the latter was extending an olive branch to Modi looking at the changed scenario.
But Moyes said: "I don't think it was an olive branch.
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.
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.
They've extended an olive branch by moving into the prop park," Elliot L.
I had hoped to use my speech to extend an olive branch to Reverend Wilson," Boykin wrote.
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.
The unions, through Dave Osborne of the Transport and General Workers Union, have already said they do not want a damaging confrontation with the company and the management may see that as an olive branch.