welcome mat

noun
1.
a doormat, especially one with the word “welcome” printed on it.
Idioms
2.
put out the welcome mat, to extend a hearty welcome: The club put out the welcome mat for new members.
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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
For one, world champions have not always put out the welcome mat.
Downscale chains that landlords once kept out of shopping centers are suddenly
  being shown the welcome mat.
In fall, the hills come alive with color, but the welcome mat stays out all
  year.
Hosts are responsible for rolling out the welcome mat, showing campers around
  and organizing events and activities.
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