put out the welcome mat (for someone)

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put out the welcome mat (for someone)

To welcome someone with a warm or elaborate display of friendliness and hospitality. My auntie always puts out the welcome mat whenever we call around for a visit. The principal likes to put out the welcome mat for new teachers every autumn, so they can start of the school year on a positive note.
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By putting out the welcome mat to give him much-needed medical treatment, we are delighted to announce that debt will be paid.
And believe it or not, major hotel chains are now putting out the welcome mat for Fido and his friends.
1, 1994--British Columbia is putting out the welcome mat for miners, according to its minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources.
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