give the green light

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give somebody/something the green light

also give the green light to somebody/something
to give permission for something to happen She's waiting for her doctor to give her the green light to play in Saturday's game.
Usage notes: also used in the form give a green light: The House of Representatives gave a green light to oil exploration off the East Coast.
See also: give, green, light

give somebody/something the green light

to give permission for someone to do something or for something to happen (often + to do sth) They've just been given the green light to build two new supermarkets in the region. (often + to ) The local prefect has given the green light to the dam at Serre de la Fare.
See also: give, green, light
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But Coleman trained with the squad yesterday at their FAI base in Dublin - and last night Martin O'Neill gave him the green light to start.
HIBS could be poised to snap up Swedish keeper Marcus Sandberg after IFK Gothenburg gave him the green light to train with the Edinburgh club.
Last year De Burgh recorded a song with the Iranian group The Arian Band and the authorities gave him the green light to perform with them.
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn claimed the buildings were not in as bad a state of disrepair as Forest City claimed, but the ESDC gave him the green light to proceed with their demolition anyway.
Apparently, Charlie has wanted to do this for 20 years and RTE bosses gave him the green light to take a film crew to the Antarctic.
Only one in five men would take his wife up on the offer if she gave him the green light for the odd indiscretion.
Doctors gave him the green light yesterday to start against New Orleans tonight.
Bosingwa, 27, (above) will now discuss the op with Chelsea's medical staff, who gave him the green light to get independent advice.
It merely gave him the green light to make capital out of his relationship with the world's most famous Aussie.
He claimed she gave him the green light for sex when he crept into her bed after she had sung a rude song at a family party.
FAI bosses gave him the green light for the World Cup ahead of tomorrow's crucial Euro 2000 tie in Malta.