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. They might not have tempted Beethoven, but Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Dvorak and Gounod were all willing to be tempted, not only to conduct or perform at the Town Hall, but to premiere a new composition as well.
That's true, but then we didn't make overtures, so how can we know what might have turned out differently?