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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Balpa said it has responded to the legal victory "by offering an olive branch to Ryanair - a framework to allow constructive negotiations to take place and if agreed by Ryanair will avoid the need for strikes".
It's a thankless, pointless task - instead of offering an olive branch, Lenny tells Alex that the only way he can guarantee Annie and his son's safety is by sacrificing himself for them.
It was in fact Beijing, Mazza writes, that refused to work with the Taiwanese government upon Tsai's election, despite the president 'offering an olive branch' by acknowledging the 1992 consensus in light of China's continued attempts to further isolate Taiwan from the international community throughout Ma's presidency.
Kim also surprised many by offering an olive branch to South Korea, even saying he would consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Apple is offering an olive branch to new MacBook and MacBook Pro buyers annoyed that their old stuff won't work with their new laptops; the company has announced that it's discounting most of the USB-C cables, dongles, and accessories it sells in its online and retail stores.
LIKE a knight in shining armour he came riding over the hill, offering an olive branch to the warring factions within rugby league.
Altering the nature of a spectacle in the knowledge that you are merely offering an olive branch to objectors is allowing your dog to be wagged by its tail; and no-one should forget, above all, that the Grand National commands the huge international audience that it does precisely because it is a unique and wonderful spectacle.
She is even considering offering an olive branch to Peter and Alex."
Addressing a rally in Allahabad here, Bhagwat criticised the Central Government for offering an olive branch to Pakistan despite its hostile attitude.
Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi,once considered one of the world's most dangerous men,came to Europe for the first time in 15 years yesterday offering an olive branch and business deals.
Duncan Simpson, Amicus national officer for the motor industry, appeared to be offering an olive branch when he said it was in the best interests of the firm and members 'to resolve this dispute quickly'.
Leeds United's new caretaker-manager Eddie Gray has sought to bring harmony back to the club by offering an olive branch to outcasts Mark Viduka and Danny Mills.
Brown responded to Goram's plea by offering an olive branch but insisted: "Andy will have to contact me directly either in writing or verbally to rescind the letter he sent me saying he was retiring from the international team."
"There is no conflict between the geochemistry and the geophysics," says Allegre, offering an olive branch.
Trading Standards swiftly ruled that the chippy had no case to answer, but Gold Sea boss Paul Crolla is still offering an olive branch.