receive (someone or something) with open arms

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receive (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 really get along too well, but now that he's coming home, I can't wait to receive him with open arms. It was a little intimidating starting a new job at such a large firm, but everyone there received 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 receiving the news with open arms.
See also: arm, open, receive

receive someone with open arms

 and welcome someone with open arms 
1. Lit. to greet someone with arms spread wide to hug someone. His mother greeted him with open arms at the door.
2. Fig. to greet someone eagerly. I'm sure they wanted us to stay for dinner. They received us with open arms. When I came home from college, the whole family welcomed me with open arms.
See also: arm, open, receive
References in classic literature ?
The niece let him in, and his master Don Quixote came forward to receive him with open arms, and the pair shut themselves up in his room, where they had another conversation not inferior to the previous one.
He had expected that they would receive him with open arms, and now the words of the king ape filled him with indignation and sorrow.
He is one of the best players in the world in the last decade and I think the Chelsea players will receive him with open arms because they know when you want the next step, it must be with players of his dimension.
And, if he does, we will receive him with open arms, especially myself, because he's a very good friend and a great player.
Any time you don't want the bishop, you send him back here and we the people of the North Country will receive him with open arms.
Whether he will be welcome there, given his record, is not yet known, though - with its need to attract tourists from the West - that country is less than likely to receive him with open arms.
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