Pipe of Peace

The North American Indians present a pipe to anyone they wish to be on good terms with. To receive the pipe and smoke together is to promote friendship and goodwill, but to refuse the offer is virtually a declaration of hostility.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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