hold out/offer an olive branch definition, meaning - what is hold out/offer an olive branch in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

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

See all translations

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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

decider

a final game or competition that allows one person or team to win, or the winning point scored

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More