a branch of the olive tree as an emblem of peace: One of their national emblems is a white dove clutching the olive branch of peace.
any token of peace: The new prime minister has pursued a reconciliation strategy, extending an olive branch to dissidents and rebel groups. Still in a snit, she snubbed his olive branch a few days later by blocking his phone call.
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How to use olive branch in a sentence
The likes of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Barclays are extending an olive branch by taking on additional hires, raising salaries, enforcing no-work-on-Saturday rules and even offering Pelotons, Apple Watches and luxury vacations to employees.
Interestingly, the holder has a USB-C charging port instead of the Lightning port you’ll find on the PowerBeats pro—another little olive branch to Android users who are likely flush with USB-C cables and chargers.Beats Studio Buds review: The cure for Android’s AirPods envy? | Billy Cadden | June 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
Manchin offered that base something of an olive branch Wednesday — a chance to at least try his approach.Manchin gives Democrats a path forward — if they want it | Aaron Blake | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Harry and Meghan would be likely to accept any proffered olive branch, not least because it would be a sound commercial decision.Will Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Daughter Lead to a Royal Reconciliation? | Tom Sykes | June 6, 2021 | The Daily Beast
In 1896, the winners received a silver medal, a certificate and olive branches.First modern Olympics, 125 years ago, was nothing like today’s huge spectacle | Fred Bowen | April 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Before “we” might offer “you” an olive branch, you must offer one to us.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around | Jay Michaelson | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a gracious touch, a rhetorical olive branch to his vanquished foes.Didn't Obama Hear Oregon’s Warning Shot on Immigration? | Doug McIntyre | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein took to the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal to offer an olive branch of sorts.Corporate America and the Fiscal Cliff: CEOs Woo Obama | Daniel Gross | November 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Syrian democracy movement and the international community should offer an olive branch to senior officers in the Syrian army.Former East Timor President José Ramos-Horta’s Advice For Syrian Rebels | José Ramos-Horta | July 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The company approached the situation with a club as opposed to an olive branch,” he said.
It seems that Mr. Adams would have presented the sword boldly, keeping the olive branch carefully concealed behind his back.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
Burn the male olive-branch and the pine twig and juniper, and let the blazing laurel crackle amid the hearth.The Religion of Ancient Rome | Cyril Bailey
The olive branch held out by the workers after their victory over the Pinkertons has been refused.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
The crest of the clan was a mailed hand holding an olive branch, and the motto was "Not too much."Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8 | Various
This poem was the olive-branch that Robert was about to snatch from the tomb.My Recollections of Lord Byron | Teresa Guiccioli
British Dictionary definitions for olive branch
a branch of an olive tree used to symbolize peace
any offering of peace or conciliation
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Cultural definitions for olive branch
The branch brought by a dove to Noah's ark signifying that the flood was receding.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]
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