welcome mat


Definition of welcome mat

: something likened to a mat placed before an entrance as a sign of welcome put out the welcome mat for foreign investors

Examples of welcome mat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pressure clean your driveway, walkway, roof or patio; trim or add shrubs, flowers and greenery; replace your mailbox; declutter; change light bulbs; open patio umbrellas and awnings; and maybe add a new welcome mat. Whitney Dutton, Sun Sentinel, 12 May 2022 Or maybe the good people of Shell Lake and hereabouts earned it by putting out the small-town, big-hearted welcome mat. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2022 And in a reversal of history, even the governments of Poland and Hungary laid out the welcome mat for Ukrainians. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Mar. 2022 The welcome mat at the home of Utah grandparents in support of the LGBTQ community, including their transgender grandchild, Feb. 12, 2022. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 The thunderous intro finds Future placing the welcome mat down for old and new listeners. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 Bob Odenkirk doesn't need to pack his bags and find a new network home, because AMC is rolling out the welcome mat again. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 6 Apr. 2022 Set out during a labor shortage after the Berlin Wall went up, the welcome mat for Gastarbeiter was rolled up in the early 1970s when the global oil crisis paralyzed Europe’s powerhouse economy. Erik Kirschbaum, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Last year, hip-hop and R&B put out the welcome mat for several emerging artists eager to break through. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of welcome mat

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of welcome mat was in 1946

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18 May 2022

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“Welcome mat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcome%20mat. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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