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Ending, solving and avoiding arguments and fights

arbitrate

verb

to officially try to settle a disagreement by considering all the facts and opinions

break up

to stop a fight

bridge-building

noun

the activity of improving relationships between people or groups

buckle

verb

to stop trying to do something, or to stop opposing someone, because you have no energy or determination left

call off

to tell an animal or person to stop attacking or chasing someone

compromise

noun

a way of solving a problem or ending an argument in which both people or groups accept that they cannot have everything they want

compromise

noun

involving a compromise

compromise

verb

to solve a problem or end an argument by accepting that you cannot have everything that you want

concede

verb

to stop trying to win a war, competition, or argument because you realize that you cannot win it

concession

noun

something you give or allow to someone in order to reach an agreement

conciliate

verb

to do something in order to end an argument or make someone feel less angry

conciliation

noun

a process that is intended to end an argument between two groups of people

conciliatory

adjective

trying to end an argument and make people feel less angry

fence-mending

noun

an attempt to become friends again with someone who you have argued with

give in

to stop competing or arguing and accept that you cannot win

the last word

noun

the last thing said in an argument

make up

to become friendly with someone again after an argument

mediate

verb

to try to end a disagreement between two people or groups

mend

verb

to do something to end an argument or disagreement

olive branch

noun

something that someone does in order to show that they want to stop arguing. The olive branch is often used as a sign meaning peace

pacific

adjective

wanting peace, or trying to end fights and arguments

patch up

to become friends with someone again after a disagreement

peaceable

adjective

behaving or happening in a way that avoids arguments and violence

peace-loving

adjective

preferring to avoid arguments and violence

pull apart

to separate two people or animals that are fighting

settle

verb

to end an argument by making an agreement

fence-mending

adjective

mediation

noun

agree to disagree/differ

to accept that someone else does not have the same opinion as you and agree not to argue about it any more

be caught in the middle

to be involved in a disagreement between other people

build bridges

to help two people, groups, or countries who have disagreed to have a more friendly relationship

bury the hatchet

to become friendly with someone again after a disagreement

come to terms (with someone)

to make an agreement, or to end an argument with someone

hold your peace

to avoid an argument by remaining silent

keep the peace

to avoid or prevent an argument

let bygones be bygones

to decide to forget about a disagreement or something unpleasant that has happened in the past

make (your) peace (with someone)

to end an argument with someone and stop feeling angry toward them

mend fences

to try to become friends again with someone who you have argued with

settle an account/settle accounts

to end a disagreement or argument with someone by defeating them

sue for peace

if a country that has been fighting sues for peace, it asks for the fighting to stop in order to avoid being defeated totally

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