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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While the Welsh Rugby Union, in conjunction with the Millennium Stadium management, chose to overlook her talents ahead of the Six Nations' rugby international against France recently in favour of a choir from North Wales, as part of S4Cs Codi Canu programme, the English FA has welcomed her with open arms.
Recalling his relationship with the Cold Feet star he says: "I felt like I, at least - and the others - welcomed her with open arms into the family, but she kept a real professional and personal distance.
When 11-year-old Britteny Kiel, who has cerebral palsy, told her mom she wanted to be a Girl Scout, the girls in Troop 794 welcomed her with open arms.