red-carpet treatment

the red carpet treatment

A welcome or reception marked by great or elaborate hospitality, ceremony, or fanfare. Since Jake is their only child, Robert and Sarah give him the red-carpet treatment whenever he returns home from college. I don't expect the red-carpet or anything, but it would be nice to be greeted with a little more enthusiasm than that! She's one of our most loyal customers, so be sure she gets the red-carpet treatment whenever she comes into the store.
See also: carpet, red, treatment

*red-carpet treatment

Fig. very special treatment; royal treatment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I love to go to fancy stores where I get the red-carpet treatment. The queen expects to get the red-carpet treatment wherever she goes.
See also: treatment

red-carpet treatment, the

Lavish hospitality; a royal welcome. This term comes from the practice of rolling out a carpet for a particularly esteemed visitor to walk on. Although similar practices surely were common from the earliest days of welcoming royalty, the term red carpet dates only from the early twentieth century. The OED cites a news story in the Daily Mail (1960) about honoring the two-millionth passenger to leave London via TWA jet: “There was a hitch when Mr. Mueller arrived. He is just two years and four months old. The red-carpet treatment went to his mother.”
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He reckons Khan got the red-carpet treatment through his 2004 Olympic silver medal when he became a professional.
To become an NSG member, the red-carpet treatment India wants to be given by the rest of the world is no more than a forlorn hope.
Excitement for the Olympic-style World Cup of Handball in Colombia is growing, and the City of Girardot is giving the red-carpet treatment to wallball's finest players from around the world.
I was not in the class of big businesspersons, so I thought I was not entitled to red-carpet treatment. Also, no sign was posted in City Hall to tell the great unwashed that they could go to that mall.
and you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you SAMUEL L JACKSON was not given the red-carpet treatment at Royal Liverpool yesterday - as the Hollywood idol was turned away from the main clubhouse car park.
The Chancellor was given the red-carpet treatment on her one-day visit to London, addressing both Houses of Parliament in the Royal Gallery of the Palace of Westminster and taking tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, prompting one German reporter to remark that she was being received as "the Queen of Europe".
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However, the Golden Globe Award winner also asserted that she loves being given the red-carpet treatment.
Year 6 pupil, Gethin Hughes said they were thrilled with the red-carpet treatment at the public screening of their film.
* Thirteen women who succeeded in battling cancer enjoyed red-carpet treatment at "Celebrating the Beauty of Life: Star Styling for Cancer Survivors." Salon owner and celebrity stylist Adrian De Berardinis organized the event.
The full red-carpet treatment and a champagne reception.
Red-carpet treatment in the Piazza Maggiore awaits his first non-Chinese pic, "Flight of the Red Balloon," which unspooled in Cannes this year.
But the Scot is clearly up for the fight and has already given Brady the full red-carpet treatment at Old Trafford.
Cuban Defense Minister Raul Castro, who is acting president while his elder brother Fidel recovers from intestinal surgery, gave red-carpet treatment to Mikhail Fradkov, the highest-ranking Russian official to come to Cuba since a visit by President Vladimir Putin in 2000.
They were given the red-carpet treatment as crowds flocked to see them arrive at the Odeon in London's Leicester Square.