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.
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Early next month, the Ladies are rolling out the welcome mat again, this time for anyone who thinks they might like to join this friendly and highly successful choir.
WASHINGTON - Southern California tourists are starting to trickle back to wartime Washington, which is warily rolling out the welcome mat that was put in storage after the Sept.
The appointment of one gay man to the White House office on AIDS and the hiring of another as a consultant in the Department of Defense hardly mean the White House is throwing open the doors and rolling out the welcome mat to queer America.
Meeting couples' second criterion--the freedom to personalize their ceremonies--seems like a relatively uncomplicated task compared with the many challenges that come with rolling out the welcome mat.
While many hospitals around the country struggle with the nursing shortage, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is rolling out the welcome mat for the freshest minds in nursing.
Alabama is head and shoulders above other states in rolling out the welcome mat for competitive companies.
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