welcoming mat

welcoming 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 welcoming mat. You don't need to take your shoes off, just give them a good wipe on the welcoming mat.
2. A friendly, welcoming attitude or gesture. Sometimes used ironically or sarcastically. The town is rolling out the welcoming mat to competitors from all over the world for its annual triathlon this weekend. You're putting out the welcoming mat for cyber criminals if you post your personal details online.
See also: mat, welcome
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MANILA -- Roll out the welcoming mat, kick away the sneakers and just go at it.
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More and more golf clubs, once notorious for maintaining a good-old-boy's atmosphere, are suddenly putting out the welcoming mat for our ladies of the field.
With the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas arriving in South Beach, its hometown basketball team laid out the welcoming mat in social media to express its hospitality toward coach Chot Reyes and the Philippine national basketball team.