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olive branch

I couldn’t handle another compliment, another kind word from my wife, another olive branch.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  something (even as little as a kind word) offered to an adversary to encourage peace or goodwill


a depiction of a branch from an olive tree as a symbol of peace
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The olive branch gained its symbolism from the Biblical story of Noah. After the flood, Noah released a dove from the ark. The dove later returned carrying an olive leaf in its beak. From this, Noah knew that God had taken mercy on humanity and caused the flood to recede.
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  • I couldn’t handle another compliment, another kind word from my wife, another olive branch.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Anne grabbed the olive branch I was meant to carry and situated it in my arm.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Somehow the olive branch she’d extended had turned into a snake and bitten her.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Perhaps a quarter of an hour later, Papa held a cigarette olive branch in his palm—the paper and tobacco he’d just received.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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  • The shield was flanked, on the right by an olive branch, on the left by a deer’s antlers.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • You know the story of Noah: lots of rain, major flood, ark, cubits, dove, olive branch, rainbow.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • They were in white cloth, of gold tissue, and the Queen, no longer young or lovely, carried her olive branch ungracefully.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "Well, my dear, so you took the olive branch?" inquired Countess Lidia Ivanovna, as soon as she came into the room.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It was a triangular billet, on pink paper, and sealed with a dove and an olive branch, and a profusion of light blue sealing wax, and it was written in a very large, though undecided female hand.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Coetsee’s visit was an olive branch.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom

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  • Despite Rowan’s recent madness, he would still extend an olive branch.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Information is a beacon, a cudgel, an olive branch, a deterrent—all depending on who wields it and how.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • It showed an owl, Athena’s sacred animal, with an olive branch on one side and a Greek inscription on the other.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Old Corynaeus compass’d thrice the crew, And dipp’d an olive branch in holy dew; Which thrice he sprinkled round, and thrice aloud Invok’d the dead, and then dismissed the crowd.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • The general had turned up in the bosom of his family two or three days before, but not, as usual, with the olive branch of peace in his hand, not in the garb of penitence—in which he was usually clad on such occasions—but, on the contrary, in an uncommonly bad temper.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • It was shaped like a great big boat with waves lapping at the front and a dove sitting up on the mast with something in its mouth, an olive branch, we presumed, like God’s promise to Noah, but Seymore said no, he believed Mr. Fred meant for it to be a flag of some sort but it was hard to chisel it upright that way; arthritis often had his right arm aching if he held it up for too long.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • Such was the support for Dickinson and the Olive Branch Petition that Adams and his colleagues were left no choice but to acquiesce.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Whether the admiral carried an olive branch or a sword was unclear.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Like many other delegates, he had been infuriated by Congress’s humble petition of July 8, 1775, the so-called Olive Branch Petition, that had been Dickinson’smajor contribution.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I guess the branch is an olive branch?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • I saw my open spot for the olive branch and curtsied before placing my offering at the king’s feet, deliberately looking at anything in the room other than him.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • When, in September, an emissary from the Continental Congress at Philadelphia, Richard Penn, arrived in London with an "Olive Branch Petition" in hand, expressing loyalty to the Crown and requesting, in effect, that the King find a way to reconciliation, George III refused to have anything to do with it.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • He saw her ridiculous olive branch, her clumsiness and silly clothes.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • As was remarked at the time, the speech bore a strong resemblance to the American eagle, an olive branch in one talon, and in the other the "emblems of defense."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "And now, my dear friend," declared Rush to Adams "permit me again to suggest to you to receive the olive branch offered to you by the hand of a man who still loves you."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In the image of the American eagle, he still clutched both olive branch and arrows, even if, on occasion in his public poses, his head, unlike the eagle’s, was turned to the arrows.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Now, at about eleven o’clock, he lay aside the olive branch in a manner that none of the three members of Congress, or anyone, could have imagined, or that any of those present at Kips Bay would ever forget.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
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