welcome (someone or something) with open arms

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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.
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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.
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His father welcomed him with open arms and gladly forgave him.
Yorke said: "When he joined the team he was the odd guy out but we all welcomed him with open arms and he's been very much a key player to our team.
Mac, who will return to Fox this fall for the third season of his eponymous television show, says the Angels - Barrymore, Liu and Cameron Diaz - welcomed him with open arms and tried to include him in all their shenanigans.
is one of the finest minds in the business world and I'm sure any number of Fortune 500 companies would have welcomed him with open arms.
Beswick eventually embraced baldness, and the 30,000 members of the bald-headed men's group welcomed him with open arms.