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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Rolling out the welcome mat Consider the trends recorded by Gallup, a polling firm. Mariano Sana, The Conversation, "Americans’ support for immigration is at record highs – but the government is out of sync with their views," 8 Aug. 2019 Photo composite: Heather Seidel/The Wall Street Journal The U.S. government has formally laid out the welcome mat for space tourists, as part of a broader effort to jump-start commercial initiatives on the international space station. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "NASA Opens Space Station to Tourists and Businesses to Promote Commercial Activities," 7 June 2019 When recreational marijuana becomes legal to purchase in Illinois next year, the city of Park Ridge won’t be among the communities rolling out a welcome mat to interested dispensary operators. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge officials look to ban recreational marijuana sales — for now," 13 Aug. 2019 The pet health insurance company and the real estate brokerage respectively, analyzed 250 U.S. cities to determine which ones really roll out the welcome mats for cats. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "The 25 Most Cat-Friendly Cities in the U.S.," 26 June 2019 The scrapping of the battery lists comes at a time when China has rolled out the welcome mat for foreign EV firms in other ways. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s breaking up the EV battery monopoly it carefully created," 25 June 2019 The launch includes a welcome mat, a picnic blanket, a sling chair, a folding stool, a floor cushion, and a sun shade. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Next Picnic Needs Society6's Fun New Outdoor Line," 16 May 2019 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 Lafferty said courses in the Philadelphia market have rolled out the welcome mat for ReadyToPlayGolf.com, seeing potential for not only gaining more general players but also participants for charity outings, which have been on the decline. Diane Mastrull, Philly.com, "Are you a lonely golfer? Jim Lafferty wants to help you find a playdate," 24 May 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

US : 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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