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welcome mat

1. Literally, a small mat laid out in front of the door to one's house on which to wipe the dirt from one's shoes, typically with "Welcome" or some other greeting printed on it. After living in an apartment for so long, the first thing I wanted to buy when I moved into a proper house was a welcome mat. You don't need to take your shoes off, just give them a good wipe on the welcome mat.
2. A friendly, welcoming attitude or gesture. Sometimes used ironically or sarcastically. The town is rolling out the welcome mat to competitors from all over the world for its annual triathlon this weekend. You're putting out the welcome mat for cyber criminals if you post your personal details online.
See also: mat, welcome

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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United boss Louis van Gaal has been doing all the running for Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels and, despite insistences from his club that he is going nowhere, there is TURN TO PAGE 62 Wenger's welcome Mats out FROM BACK PAGE a belief that the player may be available for PS30million.
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ANGRY residents in a Whitley apartment block say they will call the police if a property management firm confiscates their welcome mats.
Hannah Marsden created the piece, called Welcome to Bishop Auckland from 100 welcome mats spray painted with phrases used by traders and customers of the town's Inshops Centre.
Hannah Marsden created the piece, called Welcome to Bishop Auckland, from 100 welcome mats spray painted with phrases used by traders and customers of the town's Inshops Centre.
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Titled after the Oregon fifteen-year-old who in 1998 killed his father and mother before murdering two (and wounding more than two dozen) high school classmates, the work is a pair of welcome mats of ghostly white silicone, scattered with little pearly bullets fashioned from wound filler, a waxy compound used by morticians in funeral preparation.
The company's NFL products are ready to roll and now include a cheerful nod to the holidays as well with wintery welcome mats joining the roster of logo rugs and broadloom and rugs patterned to look like actual playing fields.
A back-and-forth scale shift from self to crowd is central to this process, and Suh has developed a corresponding vocabulary of domestic, interior objects (wallpaper, clothes, welcome mats) and public, exterior ones (the monument, the bridge).