Meaning of “welcome mat” in the English Dictionary

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"welcome mat" in British English

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welcome matnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwel.kəm ˌmæt/ us /ˈwel.kəm ˌmæt/

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.

(Definition of “welcome mat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)