welcome matnoun [ C ]uk /ˈwel.kəm ˌmæt/ us /ˈwel.kəm ˌmæt/
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.
(Definition of “welcome mat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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