bring (someone) in from the cold

bring (someone) in from the cold

To allow someone to join or participate in a group from which he or she was previously excluded; to accept someone into a certain social setting. A relatively unknown director for most of her career, her work with the A-list celebrity garnered the attention of a major Hollywood studio and finally brought her in from the cold. The company finally brought its striking workers in from the cold after months of intense negotiations.
See also: bring, cold