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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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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