green light


Definition of green light

: authority or permission to proceed

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Other Words from green light

green-light \ ˈgrēn-​ˌlīt How to pronounce green-light (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of green light in a Sentence

we were given the green light to use the town commons for our fund-raiser

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After Burkle gave them the green light, Arahuete and Gleason went to work. Tina Daunt,, "Bob Hope house in Palm Springs, long an architectural footnote, approaches masterpiece status," 6 June 2019 The company has been planning for years an initial public offering on a Western exchange, but Moscow hasn’t given the green light. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Russia’s Sovcomflot Says Arctic Sailings Will Become Routine," 5 June 2019 The decision on Firehouse Square will come just weeks after the city gave the green light to a 250-unit apartment building one block over at 1325 Old County Road. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Belmont to review another housing, retail development aimed to transform vibrant, denser downtown," 3 June 2019 Mexico’s antitrust regulator also looked into the deal, specifically examining movie distribution and merchandise matters, and gave it a green light earlier this month. Andrea Navarro,, "Disney to Accept Divesting of Fox Sports in Brazil and Mexico," 21 Feb. 2019 Outside safety experts have questioned how the FAA gave the green light for such a design lacking redundant software or hardware safeguards. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing and Regulators Delay Jetliner Fixes Prompted by Lion Air Crash," 10 Feb. 2019 After years of studies and reports, today's report is a green light for the Army Corps. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "New Soo Lock that could employ thousands in Michigan pushes forward," 29 June 2018 Approving a road concept traditionally is a green light for moving to the heavy lifting of design, land purchases and building. Kevin Spear,, "Central Florida toll-road operator to approve $678 million expressway across Bithlo, then shelve the plan," 29 June 2018 So awful that my colleagues still don't understand their unconscionable silence has become a green light for would-be shooters, who perceive inaction as endorsement. Ruth Bruno,, "What They're Saying About The Maryland Newsroom Shooting," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of green light

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for green light

from the green traffic light which signals permission to proceed

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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