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.
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Shibli said Sanjrani's victory was a victory of the upper house, and offered an olive branch to the opposition by urging them to set aside differences and work with the treasury benches for legislation in the public interest.
ISLAMABAD -- Foreign Office on Thursday said that India has responded positively after Pakistan offered an olive branch to the arch-rival following their one-month long general elections.
tribune.com.pk islamabad Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again offered an olive branch to his Indian counterpart in the "best interest of the country".
Theresa May offered an olive branch to Scottish Tories angered by talk of keeping the UK under EU fishing rules as Conservative MPs staged a show of loyalty.
Khan has offered an olive branch to India and called for mutually beneficial ties with the United States which must be reciprocated in the future, he demanded.
Risk-off remains in effect for now, though stocks are above earlier lows after Trump offered an olive branch to Russia on trade after threatening Syria with missiles.
KARACHI -- Following days of uncertainty within MQM-P ranks, party leader Farooq Sattar on Friday offered an olive branch to the party's Bahadurabad group to end the current impasse over the issue of Senate tickets.
A reconciliatory mood has dramatically formed since North Korean leader Kim offered an olive branch to the South in his New Year speech, saying that he is willing to discuss the North's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
(TAP) -Kim Jong Un on Monday warned the United States that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul.
The Prime Minister offered an olive branch to businesses concerned about the proposals but unions reacted angrily to the announcement.
ENDA Kenny has insisted there will be no General Election this year - as he offered an olive branch to Independent TDs.
The Wanted's Tom Parker has offered an olive branch to One Direction in a bid to end the boy bands' feud which has spilled over to affect their fans.
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.
Since the unrest, the government has offered an olive branch to opposition groups, inviting them to the table of negotiation, the outcomes of which will determine the future of the country.