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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As for the chief occupants, they have family members settled in Japan who are prepared to sponsor them, and with their qualifications Japan will receive them with open arms. They are seriously considering this option.
At the celebration, the governor of Sana'a, Abdul Kawi Shoref, said that a number of officers from the Republic Guards and Saleh's party have recently arrived in Marib, vowing that Hadi's government would receive them with open arms.
That would push other regional players toward the US, who is waiting to receive them with open arms.
President Salva Kiir met the group leaders in Juba in May and commended them for the decision to join the SPLA, saying his government was ready to receive them with open arms. Khartoum denies supporting rebels in South Sudan and accuses Juba of backing rebels in its territory.