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English definition of “hold out/offer an olive branch”

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hold out/offer an olive branch

to do or say something in order to show that you want to end a disagreement with someone: He held out an olive branch to the opposition by releasing 42 political prisoners.
Translations of “hold out/offer an olive branch”
in Chinese (Traditional) 伸出橄欖枝, 主動表達和解的願望…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伸出橄榄枝, 主动表达和解的愿望…
(Definition of hold out/offer an olive branch from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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