roll out the welcome mat (for someone)

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roll out the welcome mat (for someone)

To welcome someone with a warm or elaborate display of friendliness and hospitality. My auntie always rolls out the welcome mat whenever we call around for a visit. The principal likes to roll out the welcome mat for new teachers every autumn, so they can start off the school year on a positive note.
See also: mat, out, roll, welcome
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SUNDERLAND are ready to roll out the welcome mat for hate-figure Darren Bent - and risk a massive backlash from furious fans.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON is prepared to roll out the welcome mat for Ruud van Nistelrooy's return to training with Manchester United on Monday.
PAUL JACK will roll out the welcome mat for his old Airdrie pals at the Excelsior then swipe it away from under their feet.