red-light

adjective
\ ˈred-ˈlīt How to pronounce red-light (audio) \

Definition of red-light

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having numerous houses of prostitution a red-light district

red light

noun

Definition of red light (Entry 2 of 2)

: a warning signal especially : a red traffic signal

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Examples of red-light in a Sentence

Noun

the reporter took her glower as a red light and stopped asking questions

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The bus, which was transporting the driver and about 15 passengers, ran a red light at the intersection of Morell and Frankford Avenues shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday, hitting a Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "Police ID man killed when SEPTA bus crashed into home, investigation continues," 6 July 2018 Dees ran a red light at 99th Avenue and Thomas in Glendale but crashed the car, officials said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Records: Man caught with slain couple's car said he got it from someone else," 22 June 2018 Ersatz-Herbie driver David Evans, 50, hasn’t bothered to accept challenges at red lights over the years. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Fan Homage to a Favored VW Has One Glaring Flaw: Speed," 6 May 2018 Law enforcement officers say that dealers there often drop baggies of drugs into the open passenger windows of cars stopped at red lights. Katharine Q. Seelye Photographs By Todd Heisler, New York Times, "1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours," 21 Jan. 2018 Law enforcement officers say that dealers there often drop baggies of drugs into the open passenger windows of cars stopped at red lights. Anchorage Daily News, "1 son, 6 hours, 4 overdoses: A family’s relentless cycle," 21 Jan. 2018 The officer was driving eastbound on Gray near Chartres around 10:30 p.m., when either the officer or the driver of a white cargo van ran a red light, police said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Authorities investigating cause of crash involving HPD officer," 26 June 2018 City records show the license plate on the car Ms. Bruns was driving was cited for 12 violations in the past two years, including four for failing to stop at a red light and four for speeding in a school zone. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Driver Charged in Deadly Brooklyn Crash Kills Herself," 7 Nov. 2018 Bryant was driving in Newport Beach and reportedly saw a car run a red light and crash into a Tesla, according to TMZ. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "NBA legend Kobe Bryant seen helping drivers involved in car accident," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of red-light

Adjective

1900, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red-light was in 1849

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red-light

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of red-light

: having many prostitutes

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