lay out the welcome mat (for someone)

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lay out the welcome mat (for someone)

To welcome someone with a warm or elaborate display of friendliness and hospitality. My auntie always lays out the welcome mat whenever we call around for a visit. The principal likes to lay out the welcome mat for new teachers every autumn, so they can start off the school year on a positive note.
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lay, put, roll, etc. out the ˈwelcome mat (for somebody)

(especially American English) make somebody feel welcome; try to attract visitors, etc: The country has put out the welcome mat for international investors.
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