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welcome mat

A friendly welcome, as in They put out the welcome mat for all new members. This expression alludes to a doormat with the word "Welcome" printed on it. [Mid-1900]
See also: mat, welcome
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Carpet One Floor & Home has been supporting breast cancer research and awareness since 2004, and its welcome mat program has raised more than $750,000 in the U.
Plus, the winning designer will receive $2,500 worth of Lees carpet, available at Carpet One Floor & Home, and 10 welcome mats with their own design.
The Minnesota Leagues are excited and getting out the welcome mat to their beautiful city for this "Meeting in the Middle" of our 47th National Convention from June 10-13.
I was so embarrassed that I tripped on his welcome mat and spilled my candy all over his porch.
Some BIS staffers had different reasons for not spreading the welcome mat for Knight, a twenty-four-year International Monetary Fund veteran who--in his short stint at the Bank of Canada--made a name for himself in one area especially: reducing staff and cutting costs.
This town, located about 25 miles from Manhattan, has pulled up the welcome mat for retailers.
Nanotechnologists have created a remark ably effective liquid-repelling surface that can also become, at the flick of a switch, a welcome mat for liquids.
Whitaker has been putting out a welcome mat to birds for nearly five decades, building birdhouses and maintaining birdbaths on his property on the north end of town.
Still, Jordan's welcome mat is out: the government promises that its borders will remain open, and humanitarian aid workers are prepared to welcome those who may later arrive--Muslims and Christians alike--in hopes of escaping the destruction of this war.
WHY is a country pledged to the war on terrorism laying out the welcome mat for Hassan Butt today?
Various polls impressed on both national and civic politicians that many ordinary voters did not support the welcome mat they had spread out for the homosexual activists (See C.
MIKE MOORE OPENED the preliminary program of the World Trade Organization with more than a polite welcome mat.
With upstarts such as Juniper Networks, Sycamore Networks, Copper Mountain Networks and Redback Networks launching explosive IPOs, the need to preempt the lure of an IPO - and lay out the welcome mat to other prime privately held companies - contributed to the sizeable premiums paid in these and other deals.
It is your welcome mat, nameplate, and billboard all rolled into one.
The consortium of support groups has placed the welcome mat in full view," Knauer said.