green light


Definition of green light

: authority or permission to proceed

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 The show was given the green light by Disney's Onyx, a new spinoff of the Disney brand that focuses on elevating the voices and stories of creators of color. Kelly Wynne,, 16 Dec. 2021 Kids 12 and older have been eligible for vaccination since May, but the 5-to-11 group was given the green light only at the end of October. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 15 Dec. 2021 The first episode of ‘Squid Game’ culminates in a violent game of ‘red light, green light’ featuring a robot-like doll. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 The participants will play four of the six games from Squid Game: Red light, green light; dalgona candy challenge; marbles; and ddakji (the game with the paper tiles). Jacob Siegal, BGR, 12 Oct. 2021 Women and elderly players are at a natural disadvantage with games like red light, green light and tug-of-war. Quinci Legardye, Vulture, 4 Oct. 2021 Then a whole lot got in the way: the usual studio game of red light/green light/red light; all that tabloid coverage; career accomplishments and setbacks. Michael Phillips,, 11 Aug. 2021 The completion of the merger will occur, basically, as soon as the SEC gives its green light, which Sloan expects sometime in the third quarter. Adam Bluestein, Fortune, 8 July 2021 Of course, the fair didn't green light its return after the COVID-19 hiatus until June 11. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Green light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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