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 Many ranchers and farmers have viewed this stance as a green light to burn more rainforest. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "In the Amazon, Fires Steal Breath, but Smoke Smells of Money," 2 Nov. 2019 At the last second, the Chevrolet Cruz, which has a green light, comes into the intersection and crashes into the side of the Jeep, stopping it from hitting the couple in the street. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Family recalls Phoenix crash that narrowly missed a couple with stroller," 23 Oct. 2019 Some countries will also seek clarification at that Oct. 24-25 meeting from the United States about what exactly its plans are in Syria, after Turkey took the departure of US troops from there as a green light to launch its offensive., "Turkish invasion sparks NATO crisis, but eviction is unlikely - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019 Trump’s decision to retreat was widely seen as a green light for the ongoing Turkish incursion. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Trump’s Syria retreat blamed for murder of pro-democracy leader," 13 Oct. 2019 Police arrived and spoke with a woman, who said the driver had remained stopped at a green light and, after the witness beeped her horn, started moving, but was weaving all over the road and into the oncoming lane of traffic. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Good Samaritan stops suspected drunken driver and takes his keys: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 29 Sep. 2019 But the bus had a green light at the same time, and Gorman collided with a Line 9 bus and fractured his right hip. oregonlive, "Portland pays $145,000 to end legal fight over 2015 bike, TriMet collision at ‘complex’ intersection," 4 Sep. 2019 The Serum, which took 75 trials before the exacting Mr. Ford gave it a green light, is fortified with gentle lactic and glycolic acids to brighten and smooth skin, as well as peptides to diminish fine lines. April Long, Town & Country, "Tom Ford Launches New Skincare Line Tom Ford Research," 12 Aug. 2019 According to the statement of probable cause, Williams stopped at a green light for about two seconds, prompting an officer to initiate a traffic stop. Akira Kyles,, "Westminster man faces drug charges," 6 Aug. 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of green light was in 1937

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