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warm welcome

A hearty, hospitable reception or greeting, as in We got a very warm welcome when we finally arrived. This expression, dating from the mid-1700s, should not be confused with the similar warm reception, which from about 1700 signified a hostile welcome, as in His rivals were planning a warm reception for him.
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  • Francis did not give her a warm welcome, and yet his weak, worn face lighted up a little at the sight of her.

    Brooke's Daughter Adeline Sergeant
  • The party met with a warm welcome when they 182 went ashore at Manila.

  • Oh, the crooks whose faces are known will find a warm welcome here!

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Then he lifted the latch, and met a warm welcome from his wife Persis.

    The Gold that Glitters Emily Sarah Holt
  • His first call was on a hardware man with whom he had done considerable business, and from whom he was sure of a warm welcome.

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher

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