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extend the olive branch

Meaning: to make an offer of peace or settlement.

Example: After the argument, John decided to extend the olive branch and contact his friend to bury the hatchet. Read more ➺

bear the palm

Meaning: emerge victorious.

Example: Their sports team had never borne the palm for years, but this year, they finally won the championship. Read more ➺

the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

Meaning: refers to children resembling or behaving like their parents.

Example: John is very aggressive and outspoken, just like his father. TheĀ apple doesn't fall far from the treein John's case. Read more ➺

make like a tree and leave

Meaning: to tell someone to leave at once.

Example: "Why don't you make like a tree and leave?" "You are starting to get on my nerves," he said to him after the argument in the office. Read more ➺

roots run deep

Meaning: similar in meaning to "deep-rooted."

Example: His family has long been supported the monarchy; their royalist roots run deep. Read more ➺

green thumb

Meaning: good gardening results

Example: My mother has green fingers. She can grow just about anything in the garden. Read more ➺

go out on a limb

Meaning: do or say something that is different from most other people

Example: During an analysis of the news, he went out on a limb and expressed an opinion opposite to that held by the general public. Read more ➺

low hanging fruit

Meaning: a goal that can be easily reached

Example: There are a lot of things that need to be completed for our project. I would suggest that we start with the low hanging fruit. Read more ➺

money doesn’t grow on trees

Meaning: to have to put an effort in earning money

Example: The kids need to understand that even though they have been born with a silver spoon in their mouths, that money doesn't grow on trees. Read more ➺

bark up the wrong tree

Meaning: waste one's efforts by pursuing the wrong thing or path

Example: It was a very sensitive case and yet for over one year the investigators kept barking up the wrong tree. Read more ➺