open arms

plural noun

Definition of open arms 

: an eager or warm welcome greeted them with open arms

Examples of open arms in a Sentence

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From the beginning, the club, born in Abington and drawing most of its members from Southeastern Mass., has embraced runners with open arms regardless of their natural abilities. Joe Rice, BostonGlobe.com, "A runners’ club for one and all," 13 July 2018 The city of Phoenix took me in with open arms and made me a part of their family. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Devin Booker signs five-year, $158 million extension with Suns," 7 July 2018 The Dutchman is still very popular among the Feyenoord support, who would likely welcome him back with open arms. SI.com, "Southampton Midfielder Set for Feyenoord Return After 3-Year Stint at St Mary's," 6 July 2018 Political leaders in metro Phoenix welcomed Theranos with open arms five years ago and the area served as testing grounds for its unproven finger-stick blood draws. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "As Theranos drama unwinds, former patients claim inaccurate tests changed their lives," 5 July 2018 Former and current Lakers welcomed James with open arms. Daniel O'boyle, latimes.com, "LeBron James gets a king-sized welcome to Lakers on social media," 2 July 2018 The town welcomed them with open arms, but high-ranking government officials did not. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "The story of Donald Trump’s grandfather, who came to the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor," 27 June 2018 Jackie would always be found cleaning her home, generously giving, and welcoming people with open arms. courant.com, "Jacqueline E. Baxter," 24 June 2018 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale is welcoming back alumnus and Noblesville teacher Jason Seaman with open arms this fall. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Southern Illinois University gives Noblesville shooting hero homecoming honor," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of open arms

1670, in the meaning defined above

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