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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ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK, 82, offers an olive branch to fellow singer SIR TOM JONES, 77, asking to end their decades-long feud.
However, although Tina offers an olive branch to Gary and Izzy over the baby she's now calling Joe, it does little to melt the ice between them.
Annan offers an olive branch to WS Journal, defends self
He also offers an olive branch to the rest of Take That for the things that he said, (``ignorant, thick and clueless'' being among them), about his former boy band colleagues when the group split up.