green light


Definition of green light

: authority or permission to proceed

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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 Cue car accident, gunshots, pool, foreboding green light, foreboding billboard, boats against the current, etc. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The ‘Great Gatsby’ copyright bonanza stumbles out of the gate with ‘Nick’," 4 Jan. 2021 While many schools have received the green light to begin full-contact practices, the case is not the same for four-star junior wide receiver Kaleb Brown and St. Rita High School in Chicago. Kayla Harvey, cleveland, "Kaleb Brown, 2022 WR, in ‘wait-and-see mode’ with junior season, and recruiting, coach says: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 29 Dec. 2020 But securing the antitrust green light may not be as simple as many analysts believe. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Defense Deal Will Pose an Early Test for Biden Administration," 23 Dec. 2020 The Federal Reserve, showing confidence in how banks are weathering the pandemic, gave industry leaders a green light to resume billions of dollars in stock buybacks. Jesse Hamilton,, "JPMorgan, Goldman to Restart Buybacks as Fed Gives Green Light," 18 Dec. 2020 The first vaccinations and a possible green light for Moderna are all good news. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "US sets Covid-19 case, hospitalization and death records ahead of key meeting for Moderna's vaccine candidate," 17 Dec. 2020 And later this week, the FDA will decide whether to green light the world's second rigorously studied covid vaccine, made by Moderna Inc. Arkansas Online, "First doses of coronavirus vaccine administered in Arkansas," 15 Dec. 2020 Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots COVID-19 vaccines aimed at ending this pandemic once and for all are getting the green light around the world. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Come on, USA, everyone's doing it 💉," 9 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, Trickster scored a U.S. distribution deal on teen soap central The CW and a green light for season 2., "The 29 Canadian Game-Changers Who Got Us Through 2020," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

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“Green light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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