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To branch out

A yew tree

The branches of a yew tree. Photo: BBC

Today's Phrase

If someone is branching out it means they are starting to do something new or differently from the way they usually do.

Examples:

Jane has been working as a journalist since she left university but now she's branching out and writing a novel.

The supermarket has branched out and started selling clothes as well as food.

Take note

If someone holds out an olive branch, they are trying to end a disagreement in a friendly and peaceful way.

Example:

Bob is always the first to hold out an olive branch after we have an argument.

Interesting fact

The yew tree is a medium-sized evergreen. It usually grows to about 10 to 20 metres. This one is in the Access Sculpture Trail at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK.

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