make overtures

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See: hold out
References in classic literature ?
He cherished no resentments, and his anger gone, was quick to make overtures for reconciliation.
Come the festival, the committee inevitably looked across the Channel for stars and made overtures to the great names of European music to come and make overtures.
That's true, but then we didn't make overtures, so how can we know what might have turned out differently?