put out the welcome mat (for someone)

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put out the welcome mat (for someone)

To welcome someone with a warm or elaborate display of friendliness and hospitality. My auntie always puts out the welcome mat whenever we call around for a visit. The principal likes to put out the welcome mat for new teachers every autumn, so they can start of the school year on a positive note.
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It's because Germany put out the welcome mat that migrants/ refugees are going there.
THE annual tourism awards do more than honour the attractions, the people and the companies who put out the welcome mat for the North East.
It is time to start slaying our real enemies and start treating our friends, like those who put out the welcome mat at American Airlines, with a little more respect.
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