Bury the hatchet

To bury the hatchet means to make peace with an enemy, to agree to forget past transgressions and become friendly. A hatchet is a small axe. The phrase bury the hatchet comes from a ceremony performed by Native American tribes when previously warring tribes declared peace. When two tribes decided to settle their differences and live in harmony, the chief of each tribe buried a war hatchet in the ground to signify their agreement. Europeans became aware of this ceremony as early as 1644, it is certain that the ceremony of burying the hatchet had been practiced for many years before the arrival of the Europeans. Related phrases are buries the hatchet, buried the hatchet and burying the hatchet.


Izmir’s football enemies vow to bury the hatchet, but supporters barely behave themselves (The Hurriyet Daily News)

Poroshenko urges all political forces, coalition ‘to bury the hatchet and smoke the pipe of peace’ (The Kyiv Post)

Levee commission member Karl Rhomberg seemed willing to bury the hatchet, thanking the council for paying for the demolition. (The Quad-City Times)

The jangly, languid “Everything” is decent but a better gift to someone like Oasis, should the Gallagher brothers ever bury the hatchet. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

This week, at least, they appeared to bury the hatchet — and not deep in each other’s head. (The Orlando Sentinel)

Patrick was invited to George’s house in order to ‘bury the hatchet’ over the animosity between them. (The Drogheda Independent)

Even as the sparring Delhi government and the Centre are yet to bury the hatchet, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday thanked Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at the inauguration event. (The Indian Express)

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