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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TOURISM agencies in the region have put out the welcome mat for a multi-million pound holiday complex planned for rural Northumberland.
STEVE BRUCE wants to put out the welcome mat for referees - and set up meetings with players - in a bid to stop the lack of Respect for officials.
This Sunday sees Nova line up against unpredictable Cat at Coronation Park, while Lancelyn put out the welcome mat for experienced campaigners,Sports-mans,at Levers.
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.