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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Steve Bruce has been given the green light by the board to bring in signings in January with Sevilla attacker Rony Lopes among Newcastle United's targets., "Newcastle Target Sevilla Winger Rony Lopes as Steve Bruce Looks to Spend in January," 16 Sep. 2019 The gene therapy Zolgensma was given the green light by the FDA in May at the price of $2.125 million for a one-time treatment for children with a severe form of spinal muscular atrophy, a leading genetic cause of infant mortality. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "World's priciest drug approved after "data manipulation," FDA alleges," 6 Aug. 2019 Starz has given the green light to its first extension of its flagship show Power — and signed Oscar nominee and Grammy winner Mary J. Blige to star. Rick Porter, Billboard, "Mary J. Blige to Star in 'Power' Spinoff at Starz," 26 July 2019 The school board July 15 gave the green light to a proposal for Champ to start work as a full-time facility dog at the school when classes resume in the fall. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mukwonago High School just added a facility dog to its staff to help special education students," 25 July 2019 In a bid to better reduce single-use packaging and plastics, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill giving the green light for restaurant patrons in the Golden State to use their own reusable containers and cups. Fox News, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom OKs bill for restaurant patrons to bring reusable containers, cups," 21 July 2019 And just to be clear, had the Bears not taken that inexcusable delay penalty, a 46-yard field goal would have had the green light? Dan Wiederer,, "Column: 4th-and-10 vs. a 51-yard field goal? Matt Nagy’s explanation is puzzling — and means some kicker trepidation might still be lurking," 6 Sep. 2019 But her turn took her in front of vehicles traveling in her same direction on Eastgate Mall, and those vehicles had a green light, Tansey said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bicyclist struck by SUV, gravely injured in University City," 5 Sep. 2019 Police said the 63-year-old driver of the Toyota had the green light. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Deadly Labor Day weekend on Washington region’s roads," 3 Sep. 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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