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welcome mat

1. Literally, a small mat laid out in front of the door to one's house on which to wipe the dirt from one's shoes, typically with "Welcome" or some other greeting printed on it. After living in an apartment for so long, the first thing I wanted to buy when I moved into a proper house was a welcome mat. You don't need to take your shoes off, just give them a good wipe on the welcome mat.
2. A friendly, welcoming attitude or gesture. Sometimes used ironically or sarcastically. The town is rolling out the welcome mat to competitors from all over the world for its annual triathlon this weekend. You're putting out the welcome mat for cyber criminals if you post your personal details online.
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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