red carpet

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red carpet

Honorary treatment, lavish hospitality, as in We'll have to get out the red carpet for the President's visit. This term comes from the literal practice of rolling out a carpet to welcome a royal or other esteemed guest, and indeed is often put as . [Early 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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