the green light


: permission to start or continue something (such as a project)
His boss finally gave him the green light to start the new project.

Examples of the green light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moving away from melodrama, Ibsen and Chekhov gave the green light for theater in Europe and beyond to move into the 20th century with unabashed artistic seriousness. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 The Denver City Council on Monday gave local nonprofit Haven of Hope the green light to turn an industrial building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood into a homeless shelter with eight to 12 beds for people in a recovery program. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, 7 May 2024 The stars favor learning, traveling and communication, giving you the green light to make things happen. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 4 May 2024 When students refused, Columbia University gave the NYPD the green light to clear the protesters and police in riot gear arrested more than 100 protesters for trespassing. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 3 May 2024 Murdoch had given the green light to the O.J. project, and all of Fox’s top executives were on board. Judith Regan, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2024 But as of April 4, that decision applies only to this small group—other prisoners do not have the green light. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 Green loves having the green light to roam and wreak havoc as a help defender. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 16 Apr. 2024 Photograph: Devin Christopher Caceres’ pitch never got the green light. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 4 Apr. 2024

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“The green light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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