welcome (someone or something) with open arms

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welcome (someone or something) with open arms

1. To greet someone very happily and eagerly; to give someone a very warm, enthusiastic welcome. When my brother left for the military, he and I didn't really get along too well. Now that he's coming home soon, I can't wait to welcome him with open arms. It was a little intimidating starting a new job at such a large firm, but everyone there welcomed me with open arms.
2. To be very pleased and enthusiastic about something, especially that which is new or unexpected. The president has announced a reversal on his controversial policy, and many people are welcoming the news with open arms.
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welcome someone with open arms

COMMON If you welcome someone with open arms, you show that you are very pleased to see them or meet them. People in Sidon welcomed them with open arms and rice and flowers. Note: You can also say that you greet someone with open arms or receive someone with open arms. We got out of the trucks to greet them with open arms.
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welcome something with open arms

If you welcome an event or new development with open arms, you are very pleased about it. Watchdog organizations welcomed today's guidelines with open arms. The store ranks as Palo Alto's fourth largest sales tax generator. Certainly many communities would welcome it with open arms. Note: You can also say that you accept something with open arms or embrace something with open arms. The Council did the right thing in getting him to carry out the study. They have accepted it with open arms and will, they say, progress with it.
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Even with the event scene so slow during this Easter period, the theatre is always a place that will welcome us with open arms -- well, next week anyway.
There was the guarantee of some autumnal sunshine, and there was a well-established resort ready to welcome us with open arms.
There was the guarantee of some autumnal sunshine and a wellestablished resort ready to welcome us with open arms.
In his speech launching the campaign, Mr Arnott said: "Some people will welcome us with open arms, others will hurl abuse and lies, but nobody can ignore us.
We believe New York City residents, as well as commuters, will welcome us with open arms and appreciate the services we offer to help them maintain a balanced lifestyle focused on wellness.
We hope this means the Liverpool public will be excited and welcome us with open arms.
Everyone is really excited about the launch in June, and we're confident that the Glaswegians will welcome us with open arms.
If they welcome us with open arms and we start winning races, I might not move him," said Joe Ferrer, Bejarano's agent, sounding every bit the part of one of those irritating relatives.
Everyone in Cardiff seems to welcome us with open arms.
Acting Chief Insp David Glover added: "We reckon that 98% of people will welcome us with open arms.
Gay men should go back to being the best-little-boys-in-the-world, and then the mommies and daddies of mainstream America would, if not welcome us with open arms, at least let us sit down to Sunday dinner with them.
When we get taken from the sex trade, communities don't welcome us with open arms,'' she said.
The Spanish authorities not surprisingly welcome us with open arms.
You would think they would welcome us with open arms instead of hurling rotten fruit in our direction
You think that because Big Daddy lets us go to school with Missy and Junior he's going to welcome us with open arms into the corporate structure too?