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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Last week the Mirror revealed the Duchess had told Prince Harry to offer an olive branch to his brother after "a complete and utter breakdown of communication" between the pair.
PRIME Minister Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi's addressed the nation on Aug 19 to thank his supporters, offer an olive branch to connect with his detractors, and lay out his plan on how he intends to make our country a great nation.
Sajid Javid will use his first major speech since his appointment to offer an olive branch to rank-and-file personnel following years of acrimony over funding cuts and staffing reductions.
Seemingly none is ready to blink or offer an olive branch to the other.
While it dismissed and derided the #undirosak movement in the early days, PH latter sought to offer an olive branch to the personalities seen as the main drivers of the informal campaign for voters to spoil their ballots in protest.
He may also offer an olive branch to furious MPs on the Business and Pensions Committee by telling them he is working on a plan that will see more cash pumped into BHS's pension scheme, which has been left with a deficit of PS571m.
Is it too much to hope that the 'monied' clubs in the Drakes League will offer an olive branch to the Central League to ensure that both leagues survive and prosper?
But regardless of the numbers the South African based tycoon called on Murray to be appointed a director in a bid to offer an olive branch to the fans, most of whom are firmly behind the rebel group which also includes former chairman Malcolm Murray and businessmen Scott Murdoch and Alex Wilson.
Summary: Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid al-Thani appeared to offer an olive branch to Syria by asking General Security head Maj.
And as Hodgson agonises over whether to offer an olive branch to Ferdinand or call up Tottenham's Steven Caulker, he is also considering a recall for Spurs winger Aaron Lennon.
Obama White House in March tried to offer an olive branch to Iran and repair strained ties of nearly three decades.
Yu now insists that Yeung and his team plan to sit down in the next seven to ten days where they will decide whether to continue as a silent partner or offer an olive branch to the Blues hierarchy.
Warwickshire's decision to offer an olive branch to Evans comes two years after he left the Midlands to live in Kent.
Souness is not about to offer an olive branch to Bellamy even if he apologises.
At the same time McIlroy is ready to offer an olive branch to a trio who claim they were frozen out during the reign of Lawrie McMenemy.