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 Some are interpreting the governor's announcement as a green light for live music to return to Arizona. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "Here's what Gov. Ducey's order lifting COVID-19 restrictions means for concerts, clubs in Arizona," 26 Mar. 2021 They may be used as a green light for the vaccinated to attend concerts or go to see a favorite team play, while the unvaccinated are kept out. Melissa Locker, Smithsonian Magazine, "Five Things to Know About Vaccine Passports," 25 Mar. 2021 Seven years after demolishing the Long Island Bridge, the city’s still looking for a green light to rebuild it and fulfill Walsh’s promise for a comprehensive recovery campus., "In his seven years, Walsh channeled some of energy from strong economy toward pockets of need but a few commitments remain unfulfilled," 22 Mar. 2021 But becoming fully vaccinated does not equate to a green light for international travel, given the varying speed of vaccinations across the world and a relatively slow rollout in Europe, long a magnet for Americans. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "When can Americans get back to Europe?," 12 Mar. 2021 For Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Gaston County schools, the green light for more independent public schools will mean fiercer competition for what could be a smaller pool of students. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Four new Charlotte-area charter schools mean fierce competition for students in 2019 | Charlotte Observer," 3 May 2018 The Sacramento Republic have begun basic infrastructure work at their stadium site, and Nashville could get the green light for its stadium plan at a Metro Council vote next Tuesday. Brian Straus,, "Ford Family Joins Detroit's MLS Expansion Bid; Lions Stadium New Preferred Home Site," 2 Nov. 2017

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Green light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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