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welcome mat

A friendly welcome, as in They put out the welcome mat for all new members. This expression alludes to a doormat with the word "Welcome" printed on it. [Mid-1900]
See also: mat, welcome
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Harvest and Halloween are both growing classifications, in both welcome mats and other pieces of the business.
Some BIS staffers had different reasons for not spreading the welcome mat for Malcolm Knight, a twenty-four-year International Monetary Fund veteran who--in his short stint at the Bank of Canada--made a name for himself in one area especially: reducing staff and cutting costs.
Various polls impressed on both national and civic politicians that many ordinary voters did not support the welcome mat they had spread out for the homosexual activists (See C.
MIKE MOORE OPENED the preliminary program of the World Trade Organization with more than a polite welcome mat.
With upstarts such as Juniper Networks, Sycamore Networks, Copper Mountain Networks and Redback Networks launching explosive IPOs, the need to preempt the lure of an IPO - and lay out the welcome mat to other prime privately held companies - contributed to the sizeable premiums paid in these and other deals.
It is your welcome mat, nameplate, and billboard all rolled into one.
The consortium of support groups has placed the welcome mat in full view," Knauer said.
PRESIDENT Barack Obama has greeted Northern Ireland's political leaders at the White House after they pledged to roll out the welcome mat to US tourists.
Burns insists he'd lay out the welcome mat for the British No.
TOURISM agencies in the region have put out the welcome mat for a multi-million pound holiday complex planned for rural Northumberland.
RANGERS are ready to roll out the welcome mat once again on Thursday with Werder Bremen supporters invited to a special 'Fanzone' in Glasgow city centre.
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THE welcome mat has been laid out for West Midland firms looking to capitalise on the growing South East Asia free trade area.
But before the welcome mat is laid out, some foster youth supporters say the new law doesn't go far enough, because it gives counties the option to create this type of housing.
Housing chiefs have put out the welcome mat after a facelift at a community office.