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greet (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 get along too well, but now that he's coming home, I can't wait to greet him with open arms. It was a little intimidating starting a new job at such a large firm, but everyone there greeted 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 greeting the news with open arms.
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season's greetings

A set phrase used to formally greet people during a holiday season, especially in Christmas cards. Season's greetings, from everyone here at Rex Motor Group Inc.
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how do you do

A question asked, often rhetorically, upon being introduced to someone, especially in a more formal setting. Ah, Margaret—it's lovely to meet you—how do you do? A: "How do you do?" B: "I do just fine, and you?"
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Greetings and felicitations

An emphatic and somewhat formal greeting. Greetings and felicitations! Thank you all so much for coming!

Greetings and salutations

An emphatic and somewhat formal greeting. Greetings and salutations! Thank you all so much for coming!
See also: and, Greeting, salutation

Greetings and felicitations!

 and Greetings and Salutations!
Hello and good wishes. (A bit stilted.) "Greetings and felicitations! Welcome to our talent show!" said the master of ceremonies. Bill: Greetings and salutations, Bob! Bob: Come off it, Bill. Can't you just say "Hi" or something?
See also: and, Greeting

How do you do.

a standard inquiry and response on greeting or meeting someone. (This expression never has rising question intonation, but the first instance of its use calls for a response. Sometimes the response does, in fact, explain how one is.) Sally: Hello. How do you do. Bob: How do you do. Mary: How do you do. So glad to meet you, Tom. Tom: Thank you. How are you? Mary: Just fine. Your brother tells me you like camping. Tom: Yes. Are you a camper? Mary: Sort of.
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how do you do

A conventional greeting used mostly after being introduced to someone, as in And this is our youngest-say "How do you do" to Mr. Smith. Although it is a question, it requires no reply. Originally, in the 1600s, this expression was an inquiry after a person's health or standing, how do you do meaning "how do you fare?" Today we usually express this as How are you? or How are you doing? or How goes it? or How's it going? Even more general are the slangy locutions How are things? or How's tricks? All of these greetings date from the first half of the 1900s.
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ˌhow do you ˈdo

(becoming old-fashioned) used as a formal greeting when you meet somebody for the first time. The usual reply is also How do you do?
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(the) season’s ˈgreetings

(written) used as a greeting at Christmas, especially on Christmas cards
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