welcome mat
noun Date: 1946 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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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • welcome mat — ☆ welcome mat n. a doormat: chiefly in the phrase put out the welcome mat, to give an enthusiastic reception …   English World dictionary

  • welcome mat — welcome ,mat noun count a small RUG on the floor outside a door that people step on before they enter …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • welcome mat — noun a mat placed outside an exterior door for wiping the shoes before entering • Syn: ↑doormat • Hypernyms: ↑mat * * * noun : something held to resemble a mat placed before a door as a symbol of hospitality and pleasant reception rolled out the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • welcome mat — {n.} 1. A mat for wiping your shoes on, often with the word welcome on it, that is placed in front of a door. * /Mother bought a welcome mat for our new house./ 2. {informal} A warm welcome; a friendly greeting. Used in such phrases as the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • welcome mat — {n.} 1. A mat for wiping your shoes on, often with the word welcome on it, that is placed in front of a door. * /Mother bought a welcome mat for our new house./ 2. {informal} A warm welcome; a friendly greeting. Used in such phrases as the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • welcome\ mat — noun 1. A mat for wiping your shoes on, often with the word welcome on it, that is placed in front of a door. Mother bought a welcome mat for our new house. 2. informal A warm welcome; a friendly greeting. Used in such phrases as the welcome mat… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • welcome mat — 1. a doormat, esp. one with the word welcome printed on it. 2. put out the welcome mat, to extend a hearty welcome: The club put out the welcome mat for new members. * * * …   Universalium

  • welcome mat — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms welcome mat : singular welcome mat plural welcome mats a small rug on the floor outside a door that people step on before they enter …   English dictionary

  • welcome mat — wel′come mat n. 1) cvb a doormat, esp. one with the word “welcome” printed boldly on it 2) cvb an enthusiastic welcome: The company rolled out the welcome mat for the new president[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • welcome mat — n. (colloq.) (esp. AE) to put out the welcome mat for smb. * * * (colloq.) (esp. AE) to put out the welcome mat for smb …   Combinatory dictionary

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