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 next day Hindbad, dressed in his best, returned to the voyager's house, and was received with open arms. As soon as all the guests had arrived the banquet began as before, and when they had feasted long and merrily, Sindbad addressed them thus:
On the third morning I set out as hopefully as though it were the most natural thing in the world to fall unexpectedly upon hitherto consistently neglected cousins, and expect to be received with open arms.
"In the past people from one country while visiting the other to watch a cricket match, were consistently received with open arms.
I've been received with open arms at the police station."
"I think that it's quite amazing for someone like myself who came to this country as an immigrant and was received with open arms to eventually achieve my own American dream of being a university president," said Hsu, who was born in China.
Stories like Omondi's illustrate the desperate need for a proper healthcare plan for Kenyans, so the promises of President Uhuru Kenyatta's universal health coverage agenda (UHC) have been received with open arms.
You'd be received with open arms. People [there] like America, there's a fair amount of English-speaking Filipinos and their culture is familiar.
Received with open arms Braehead Clan operations director Gareth Chalmers accepts a cheque on behalf of the side's official supporters club
"My UK experience has been fantastic, I have been received with open arms, I have seen a culture that is so diverse, so tolerant that it is heart-warming.
Owner Mr Danter and his family invested more than PS1m to bring the log flume across the Channel and it has been received with open arms.
France has invested a lot of diplomatic collateral in the June meeting, sending Prime Minister Manuel Valls to the region in May to follow up on a "difficult" visit for Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was not received with open arms by Prime Minsiter Binjamin Netanyahu, who showed him "thinly-veiled hostility" over the French initiative.
Whenever he feels nervous about his future or unsure about a situation, he returns to the House of Grace and is received with open arms, he said.
The total number of refugees arriving in Germany this year is expected to reach up to one million and have for the most part been received with open arms. But there have also been a number of incidents of assault on refugees and arson on the buildings they reside in.
In a televised statement, Netanyahu said: "To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home." "Every Jew who wants to come here will be received with open arms. We will help you absorb into our country," he said.