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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If the transit board gives the green light, bids will be accepted May 17. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Sound Transit puts bus outsourcing on hold," 25 Mar. 2019 Standards and Practices gave the switch the green light. Dave Quinn,, "Saved by the Bell’s Jessie Spano Was Originally 'So Excited' on Speed, Not Caffeine Pills," 22 May 2018 Guidance provided to Major League Baseball by the Obama administration in 2016 gave something of a green light on grounds that the Cuban Baseball Federation is an independent body. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Baseball Teams Up With Castro," 30 Dec. 2018 The first is that authoritarians around the world may take this as a green light to murder their own critics. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s Saudi Arabia decision is the perfect distillation of his worldview," 21 Nov. 2018 Auroras are among the most spectacular phenomena in the night sky, thrilling travelers and photographers with wispy displays of green light. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Meet STEVE: The Light Phenomenon That's Not Aurora Borealis," 22 Aug. 2018 The 29-year-old woman and her boyfriend had honked at the motorcyclist when he was stopped at a green light. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Fatal shooting in Denver focuses attention on road rage," 20 June 2018 Parabon had also read the case as a green light and asked GEDmatch for permission to start digging through its data for leads in dozens of cold cases. Fortune, "DNA Detectives Are Searching for Killers in Your Family Tree," 14 June 2018 If the Deal Is Allowed, No Conditions If Judge Leon clears the way for the merger without any restrictions, expect other companies to see it as a green light for more consolidation. New York Times, "AT&T-Time Warner Ruling Has Dealmakers Bracing," 10 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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