roll out the red carpet


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roll out the red carpet (for someone)

1. Literally, to unroll a large red rug or carpet for a very distinguished or important guest to walk on. The theater rolled out the red carpet for the duke, who was attending the opening night of the play that evening.
2. By extension, to welcome someone with great or elaborate hospitality, ceremony, or fanfare. Since Jake is their only child, Robert and Sarah always roll out the red carpet for him whenever he returns home from college. We're just popping by for a cup of tea and a quick catch-up, no need to roll out the red carpet!
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roll out the red carpet

 (for someone)
1. Lit. to unwind a roll of red carpet for someone important to walk on. The city council decided to roll out the red carpet for the visit of the foreign prince.
2. Fig. to give someone treatment befitting royalty. The citizens of the small community enjoyed rolling out the red carpet for important visitors.
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roll out the red carpet

If you roll out the red carpet for someone, especially someone famous or important, you give them a special welcome and treat them as an honoured guest. The museum staff rolled out the red carpet; although it was a Sunday, the deputy director came in especially to show us round. The red carpet was rolled out for Mr Honecker during his visit to Bonn in 1987. Note: You can also talk about red carpet treatment or a red carpet welcome. Last week he gave the red carpet treatment to some of Spain's most right-wing business people. Officials gave him a red-carpet welcome at the Government Guest House. Note: When royalty or other important guests visit a country, a strip of red carpet is often put on the ground for them to walk on.
See also: carpet, out, red, roll

roll out the red carpet

To welcome with great hospitality or ceremony.
See also: carpet, out, red, roll
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