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warm welcome

A welcome to someone or something that is particularly enthusiastic and positive. The whole town turned out to give the returning war heroes a warm welcome. The new policy hasn't exactly gotten a warm welcome from citizens.
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warm welcome

A hearty, hospitable reception or greeting, as in We got a very warm welcome when we finally arrived. This expression, dating from the mid-1700s, should not be confused with the similar warm reception, which from about 1700 signified a hostile welcome, as in His rivals were planning a warm reception for him.
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warm welcome, a

An enthusiastic greeting. This term has been around since at least the mid-eighteenth century, and perhaps much longer. “Whoe’er has travell’d life’s dull round, May sigh to think he still has found the warmest welcome at an inn,” wrote William Shenstone (Written at an Inn at Henley, ca. 1763). A very similar cliché, a warm reception, often has just the opposite meaning—that is, a greeting full of hostility.
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She smiled upon the throng as if in acknowledgment of a warm welcome, and began to walk to and fro, making profuse gesticulations and singing, in brazen soprano tones, a song, the words of which were inaudible.
Welcome Break has provided a warm welcome with refreshments and care to many people in a variety of circumstances for eight years.
HAFIZABAD -- Azadi Train on Wednesday got a warm welcome during one-hour stay at Sangla Hills, Sukhiki railways stations and Hafizabad junction.
At 56cm tall, it's also great on a hall table as a warm welcome.
Both depots are open seven days a week and with their friendly, helpful staff a warm welcome awaits you.