greet (someone or something) with (something)

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greet (someone or something) with (something)

To welcome or meet an arriving person with something in particular. The kids greeted me with signs and balloons when I got home from my trip. I'm sorry to greet you with such bad news.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

greet someone or something with something

to welcome someone or something with something; to accost someone or something with something upon arrival. I greeted her with a large bouquet of roses. The sun greeted the day with bright rays of light.
See also: greet
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
We were greeted with an endless round of applause and showered with ornaments of gold, platinum, silver, and precious jewels.
Ninety-five percent insist they are not offended by being greeted with a "Merry Christmas" while shopping, but greet them with a "Happy Holidays," and 46% claim to take offense.
For some shoppers, a clerk who says "Happy Holidays" might as well be saying "Don't shop here"--36% say they have avoided doing business at a store or have cut their visit short after being greeted with a "Happy Holidays" instead of a "Merry Christmas."