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welcome (someone or something) with open arms

1. To greet someone very happily and eagerly; to give someone a very warm, enthusiastic welcome. When my brother left for the military, he and I didn't really get along too well. Now that he's coming home soon, I can't wait to welcome him with open arms. It was a little intimidating starting a new job at such a large firm, but everyone there welcomed me with open arms.
2. To be very pleased and enthusiastic about something, especially that which is new or unexpected. The president has announced a reversal on his controversial policy, and many people are welcoming the news with open arms.
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welcome someone with open arms

COMMON If you welcome someone with open arms, you show that you are very pleased to see them or meet them. People in Sidon welcomed them with open arms and rice and flowers. Note: You can also say that you greet someone with open arms or receive someone with open arms. We got out of the trucks to greet them with open arms.
See also: arm, open, someone, welcome

welcome something with open arms

If you welcome an event or new development with open arms, you are very pleased about it. Watchdog organizations welcomed today's guidelines with open arms. The store ranks as Palo Alto's fourth largest sales tax generator. Certainly many communities would welcome it with open arms. Note: You can also say that you accept something with open arms or embrace something with open arms. The Council did the right thing in getting him to carry out the study. They have accepted it with open arms and will, they say, progress with it.
See also: arm, open, something, welcome
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The veteran lawmaker expressed warmth - in that 'everyone who sheds an honest light into the advocacy is welcome with open arms'.
This is something our Government should welcome with open arms because for too long the British Armed Forces have been representing the free world in conflicts that in reality have had not been our concern.
We are welcome with open arms (and tills) when it comes to us purchasing goods from these establishments, but not always so where offering us paid work is concerned.
As for accusations Cameron is doing another U-turn (the Tories' slogan was Vote Blue Go Green) this is one the public will welcome with open arms!
Craig McKeown, M&S regional manager, said: "We are delighted to be opening a store in Hexham, which we are confident local shoppers will welcome with open arms.
I WELCOME with open arms any attempt by the Executive to rid our land of sectarianism.
Like many societies, the Honley group has an established core of actors and off-stage workers - but would welcome with open arms any new faces.
I WELCOME with open arms the new anti-bullying campaign to protect children and young people.
"I do not see the inclusion of a certain number of non-Catholic teachers on our staff as being a fatal blow to our convictions or to our ability to transmit to the next generation and future generations the tenets of our faith and the principles of our morality--I say that we should welcome with open arms our brother teachers who may come into our system even if they do not share our faith".
Every year since 1984, the City of New York has hosted Fleet Week to show its appreciation to the Sailors and Marines who serve our country and every year they are welcome with open arms by New Yorkers.
"We are looking for a positive user for the space that the city will welcome with open arms so the process of getting it zoned won't be problematic," said Trump's vice president, Abe Wallach.
And we have back among us two women who none of us would exactly welcome with open arms as our new next door neighbours.
'But, in the same breadth, foreigners, businessmen especially, who openly advocate or even lobby for the amendment or revision, deletion or scrapping, of the protectionist and nationalist provisions of our Constitution are being welcome with open arms by the administration,' Zarate added.