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English definition of “welcome mat”

welcome mat

noun [C] uk   us  
a small piece of strong material with 'Welcome' written on it that is put on the floor by the door to greet people as they come in: figurative A new immigration law means the US will be dusting off the welcome mat for (= will be ready to welcome) famous people who want to live in the country.figurative We had better put the welcome mat out (= be ready to welcome), if your mother is coming to visit.Carpets, rugs and other floor coverings
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