greet (someone or something) with open arms

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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.
See also: arm, greet, open
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Very few of the people affected by these new programs greeted them with open arms. The majority of folks were reluctant to change their work behavior, especially those who faced even a single unfulfilled professional promise.