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
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the ongoing legal battle, the incoming Biden administration has received ascertainment from the U.S. General Services Administration as the apparent winner of the election, giving the green light to move ahead with transition proceedings. Lucas Manfredi, Fox News, "Trump calls into Pennsylvania election meeting, repeating claims of voting irregularities," 26 Nov. 2020 The Police Department got the green light to spend an additional $1.4 million on the new emergency dispatch center. Alex Golden, Arkansas Online, "Rogers council approves money for dispatch center, denies land rezoning," 25 Nov. 2020 Twardy is intimately familiar with the developments, having supervised what the city required before giving Robertson Homes a green light. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Hazel Park is the newest spot for chic condos near Detroit," 16 Nov. 2020 Marin County got the green light Tuesday to move from the state’s purple tier to red, and is moving forward with some of the Bay Area’s most expansive reopening plans for businesses. Rusty Simmons,, "Marin County gets reopening nod from California to shift into red," 15 Sep. 2020 Most schools got the green light to practice Monday from their districts, except for Tucson, and Tolleson and Phoenix Union districts. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "State champion Chandler rolls into 1st official football practice with optimism for season," 8 Sep. 2020 Others are giving traditional ski school a green light. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s ski season is ‘gonna be different’ under coronavirus cloud. Here’s what to expect.," 6 Nov. 2020 That event, held Monday at the State Capitol, was the unfortunate equivalent of giving Minnesotans the green light to take off snow tires as a blizzard blew in. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "With COVID gathering strength, don't let guard down," 24 Oct. 2020 San Francisco got a green light for lessened restrictions on such activities schools, pools and churches, pending approval by local health officials. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 16-22," 23 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of green light was in 1937

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29 Nov 2020

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“Green light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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