open arms

plural noun

Definition of open arms

: an eager or warm welcome greeted them with open arms

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Amazon will very likely exacerbate those issues for years to come, and, rather than being welcomed with open arms, has found itself the focus of community pushback as the transformation begins. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Amazon," 27 Dec. 2018 Before the fantastic future comes a very practical present Pressure to create economic growth has led cities to embrace tech with open arms—for better or for worse. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 And while some adult children can welcome Grandma or Grandpa into their own homes with open arms, others might not have the space. Christine Coppa, Country Living, "'Granny Pods' Allow Elderly Family Members to Live in a High-Tech Backyard Cottage," 13 Dec. 2018 When climate activists showed up in her office with Ocasio-Cortez on the first day of new member orientation to demand the new Congress take action on climate change, Pelosi welcomed them with open arms. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House progressives are getting ready to fight off Nancy Pelosi’s challengers.," 21 Nov. 2018 After all, the Windsors seemed to welcome her with open arms for Meghan and Harry's wedding in May. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "The Queen Has Reportedly Invited Meghan Markle's Mother to Spend Christmas With the Royals," 4 Nov. 2018 That said, long-time locals have welcomed Botanica with open arms and happy stomachs. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 And until now, the money has seemingly been welcomed with open arms, despite Saudi Arabia’s previous high-profile rights abuses, and the company’s long-standing (but recently-lifted) ban on women drivers. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "The future of transportation is being underwritten by Saudi Arabia," 19 Oct. 2018 Getty Images The royal family has welcomed Meghan Markle with open arms. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Won Over Prince George and Princess Charlotte With Her Cooking," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of open arms

1670, in the meaning defined above

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