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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Persky also got a green light from the Commission on Judicial Performance, an independent state agency, which found no evidence of bias or misconduct in his rulings. Dan Simon, CNN, "Voters to decide whether to fire judge who gave Stanford swimmer 6 months for sex assault," 5 June 2018 The deal will require a green light from the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority, and the new group—set to be the country’s largest—would have a particular concentration of locations in England’s north-west and south-east. David Meyer, Fortune, "Google Duplex, Apple and Goldman, Drug Prices: CEO Daily for May 11, 2018," 11 May 2018 After months of back and forth between neighbors, the City Council in May gave homeowners a green light to move the district formation to a formal vote. Hillary Davis,, "Overhead utility lines on Newport’s Balboa Boulevard are going underground," 3 Mar. 2018 Such was the reaction that Porsche had to green light the program. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Details emerge about Porsche’s new electric car, charging network," 28 Feb. 2018 Uber has been given the green light by Pennsylvania officials to restart its self-driving car tests on public roads. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber approved to restart self-driving tests in Pennsylvania," 18 Dec. 2018 In May, shortly after the exhibition was green lit by YSoA, the student organizers sent two surveys to 86 architecture schools in the U.S. and abroad in an effort to understand their experiences on campus and in the profession. Tanay Warerkar, Curbed, "Yale School of Architecture exhibition questions gender disparity in the industry," 18 Oct. 2018 President Trump has given the green light to proceed with tariffs against $200 billion in Chinese goods, sources told Fox News Friday. John Roberts, Fox News, "Trump gives green light to sanctions on $200 billion in Chinese goods," 15 Sep. 2018 The report also claims further dominoes will fall if Townsend secures a return to St James' Park as Matt Ritchie would then be given the green light to make a switch to Stoke City., "Crystal Palace Considering Move for Versatile £15m-Rated West Ham Midfielder," 12 July 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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