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Olive branch

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  • To extend an olive branch is to make an offer of peace or to approach a foe in the spirit of conciliation. The idiom is Biblical in origin, deriving from the story of Noah, where a dove delivers Noah an olive branch as a sign that the floods are receding. But while this is the source of modern usage of the term, olive branches were symbolic of peace (as well as victory) in pre-Biblical Greece and Rome. The ancient origins of the symbolism are unknown.

     

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    Examples

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    Mattel issued its statement late Wednesday, but Greenpeace rejected the company’s olive branch. [Los Angeles Times]

    And if he intended to extend an olive branch to his opponents, this is not the message they understood. [Independent]

    Hone Harawira  has offered an unexpected olive branch to the Maori Party, saying his new Mana movement is prepared to work with his former party for the betterment of Maoridom. [Sunday Star Times]

    He extended an olive branch to the powerful Hashed tribal federation and called for a ceasefire. [National Post]

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