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

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The hardened stance reflects a souring national mood, with a far-right party now in Parliament for the first time in more than half a century and Chancellor Angela Merkel under pressure to pull up the welcome mat once and for all. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Migrants say these mass shelters are like prisons. Germany wants to build more.," 18 May 2018 Gres, 47, and her husband DeMay, 46, don’t see throwing out the welcome mat as extraordinary. Elvia Malagon, chicagotribune.com, "Central American mother, children from migrant caravan seeking refuge in Chicago," 12 June 2018 Spread out over the sand at each tiny entrance was an elaborate tracery of crab footprints, as if each crab had woven a fresh lace welcome mat for visitors. New York Times, "Ghost on the Beach," 28 June 2018 The fumes of acrylic polish waft through an entryway that’s marked with a $100-bill welcome mat. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Cardi B’s Nail Artist Did My Manicure for the Met Gala—And It Totally Upstaged My Dress," 7 May 2018 Someone stole a welcome mat from a home in the 1500 block of Plymouth Place on April 25, police said. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Police: $1,500 in coins stolen from Glenview business," 4 May 2018 An old couch with a giant stuffed frog lurks in one corner, and welcome mats from Pho Bac still adorn the entrance. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Saigon Street Eat offers up ultra-cheap Vietnamese food for a burgeoning Broadway," 12 Apr. 2018 The welcome mat is always out for pets at The River Oaks, Romans said. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: High-rise living means having top luxury, amenities," 24 Mar. 2018 Okay, technically, only 928 people are invited to become official members, which is still a historically large number of people for the prestigious organization to roll out the welcome mat for. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Academy Just Added 928 Members — Its Largest & Most Impressive Move Yet," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of welcome mat

1946, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of welcome mat

: a small rug that is placed by the door of a person's house, apartment, etc., for guests to wipe their feet on before entering

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