green light


Definition of green light 

: authority or permission to proceed

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green-light \ˈgrēn-ˌlīt \ 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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Willis rear-ended a Ford Focus that had just turn east onto Atlantic Boulevard from Homeward Boulevard on a green light, police said. Doug Phillips,, "Identity released of man killed in motorcycle crash," 12 June 2018 Palestinian officials say the U.S. silence amounts to a green light. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage in Palestinian struggle," 11 July 2018 The van had a green light and right-of-way at the time. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pedestrian dies after crash in Milwaukee; driver unlikely to be charged, reports say," 2 July 2018 The deal got the green light last week when a Federal Judge rejected a government suit to block the $85 billion mega-merger. USA TODAY, "Fresh off Time Warner merger, AT&T launches WatchTV streaming service, new unlimited plans," 21 June 2018 That’s true even at Panera, where the health halo of clean ingredients may trick you into thinking that everything on the menu gets the green light. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The healthiest things to eat at Panera Bread," 14 June 2018 After playing in a few extended spring-training games, Thames got the green light to begin an official minor-league rehab stint with Class AAA Colorado Springs. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: With his thumb finally healed, Eric Thames is happy to be back with Brewers," 11 June 2018 But as happened in past years, the idea once again failed to get the green light in the Senate. Jim Turner,, "Texting while driving, other key bills die in Florida Legislature this year," 12 Mar. 2018 Shannon Anderson's individual program record of 33 steals from that 2004 season should also fall if Victoria Draper continues to get the green light. James Crepea,, "Statistically speaking: Auburn softball on pace to shatter program records for stolen bases," 13 Feb. 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 reject or criticize sharply

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