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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Environmental groups fear the EPA rollback will give a green light to smaller oil and gas operations that have had a problem in tightening leaks. Wired, "The EPA Says Methane Rules Are Bad for Industry—It's Wrong," 30 Aug. 2019 The Subaru traveled through a red light at the intersection, while a tow truck proceeded through a green light from the S.R. 417 exit, Montes said. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Sanford man ejected from car, dies in crash with tow truck," 22 July 2019 In most experiments, researchers awaken opsin-bearing neurons of a specific cell type with a pulse of diffuse blue-green light. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Laser holograms stimulate brain cells in mice to probe roots of perception and hallucination," 18 July 2019 Amazon has already given the green light for a second season of The Boys, which is very good news, considering season one ends on a major cliffhanger. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: The Boys is the perfect therapy for chronic superhero fatigue," 9 Aug. 2019 Pasco County leaders gave the green light for the attraction to be built in a remote area of Dade City, Fox 13 News reported Wednesday. Tiffini Theisen,, "Snow park approved for Central Florida to include tubing hill, play area," 8 Aug. 2019 All that is doing is [giving] a green light for people who want to enter there and explore the Amazon first, without any benefit for the Brazilian society. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Brazil’s Sacked Space Director Speaks Out on Attacks on Science," 7 Aug. 2019 The state Supreme Court has given the green light to the project that would put one of the world’s most powerful telescopes atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island. NBC News, "Hawaii telescope protesters don't back down after arrests," 19 July 2019 When President Trump gives a green light to racists, in Charlottesville, Va., and elsewhere, and cages asylum-seeking children at the border, they are startled. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, "Rubin: Joe Biden has advanced the key foreign-policy issue of 2020," 16 July 2019

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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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