green light


: authority or permission to proceed
green-light 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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Word History


from the green traffic light which signals permission to proceed

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of green light was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Green light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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