the red carpet
the red carpetused in reference to privileged treatment of a distinguished visitor.
the red ˈcarpeta very special welcome given to an important visitor: When I went to my girlfriend’s house for the first time, her family really put out the red carpet for me. ♢ It was an unofficial visit so the guests didn’t get the usual red carpet treatment.
A strip of red carpet is usually laid on the ground for an important visitor to walk on when he or she arrives.