roll out the welcome mat (for someone)

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roll out the welcome mat (for someone)

To welcome someone with a warm or elaborate display of friendliness and hospitality. My auntie always rolls out the welcome mat whenever we call around for a visit. The principal likes to roll out the welcome mat for new teachers every autumn, so they can start off the school year on a positive note.
See also: mat, out, roll, welcome
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David Lyon, marketing for intu Braehead, said:"We're definitely rolling out the welcome mat for everyone to enjoy a brand new fun activity we've never had at intu Braehead before.
He was on his best behaviour at the reunion with his old Barcelona nemesis Pep Guardiola seven days ago and will find Mazzarri rolling out the welcome mat. The Hornets boss said: "I've a very good relationship with Mourinho.
Early next month, the Ladies are rolling out the welcome mat again, this time for anyone who thinks they might like to join this friendly and highly successful choir.
The appointment of one gay man to the White House office on AIDS and the hiring of another as a consultant in the Department of Defense hardly mean the White House is throwing open the doors and rolling out the welcome mat to queer America.
Meeting couples' second criterion--the freedom to personalize their ceremonies--seems like a relatively uncomplicated task compared with the many challenges that come with rolling out the welcome mat. But many young Catholics report feeling like they're on a wedding assembly line, complete with snippy parish secretaries and priests who can't remember their names.