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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
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On January 20, Ankara, jointly with the opposition Free Syrian Army forces, launched Operation Olive Branch in Afrin.
Haberturk: Iron fist to terror, olive branch to civilians
Abba bar Kahana declares that the dove brought the leaf "mi-shavshushin [from the branches] of the Land of Israel", (11) but even there it is a leaf plucked from an olive branch.
I'd heard a couple of recent good reports of the Olive Branch and had a London friend up for the weekend, so decided to give her a taste of the increasingly-promising culinary scene in the Colne Valley.
The company added the Olive Branch facility is expected to begin operation in the second quarter of 2012 with approximately 70 workers.
IDI has been hired to construct the building at Crossroads Distribution Center, which is located just off Highway 78 in Olive Branch.
Operation Olive Branch, with Lysistrata as its source material, was an attempt to comprehend the contemporary transnational situation through drama.
The initiative aims at celebrating Arab intellectual contributions in various fields and categories, according to an Olive Branch press release.
Comprised of two buildings, the Olive Branch properties are owned by ProLogis.
OLIVE BRANCH WREATH: Lindsay Olives is offering a handmade wreath of olive branches to benefit America's Second Harvest -- a hunger relief organization.
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.
I think he's confusing an olive branch with a fig leaf.