a doormat, especially one with the word “welcome” printed on it.
Idioms about welcome mat
put out the welcome mat, to extend a hearty welcome: The club put out the welcome mat for new members.
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How to use welcome mat in a sentence
On paper, the choice of the 40th struck me as perhaps too well-worn a welcome mat, too literal a return to business as usual.Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra reunite, and it’s a joyful noise | Michael Andor Brodeur | March 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Could have put it under the welcome mat, Jennifer Lord thought as she pulled it down and entered her apartment.Eviction is big business for this law firm. Tenants say it buries them with unfair fees. | Kyle Swenson | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
Besides, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians are exactly rolling out the welcome mat for Kerry.Everyone Says John Kerry Should Stay Out of the Middle East | Josh Rogin | July 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In “right to work” Virginia, a McAuliffe win is a union welcome mat.The Virginia Gubernatorial Race Proves the GOP Is Suicidal | Myra Adams | November 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
We need to put the welcome mat back out and more vigorously promote the United States as the best travel destination in the world.
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]
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