In Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Steve Dallas about to meet J.J who is responsible for getting him fired so D'Angelo advises him:

D'Angelo: Steve, you'll do what you want, but it can't hurt. He offers you an olive branch, so today like olives.

What does "today like olives" mean?

  • ...so today [it's in your / our / everyone's best interests that you should] like / love / appreciate olives. It's riffing off If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Oct 22, 2022 at 17:46
  • @FumbleFingers I understand offer olive branch means "offering peace" but didn't understand "today like olives". Oct 22, 2022 at 18:05
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    Today, you must act as if you like olives. Oct 22, 2022 at 18:12

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It is not a standard idiom or expression in English, but the metaphor is easy enough to understand.

"An olive branch" is a standard metaphor for "a offer of peace". So if you "like olives" (or even if you pretend to like olives) you will accept the "olive branch".

D'Angelo is saying "accept his offer of peace"

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